Land & Resources Management

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

Soil Scientist on BAER Team examines soil in area burned by the Delta Fire

After a wildfire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) process will frequently occur. The purpose of BAER is...

  1. to determine if emergency resource or human health and safety conditions exist.
  2. to alleviate emergency conditions following wildfire to help stabilize soil; to control water, sediment, and debris movement; to prevent permanent impairment of ecosystem structure and function; and to mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life, property, or downstream values.
  3. to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of prescribed emergency treatments.

What is BAER?

To a certain extent, it is a form of erosion control. BAER can also be described as an emergency watershed stabilization program used to respond to fire damage. Its purpose is to alleviate emergency conditions following wildfire to help stabilize soil; to control water, sediment, and debris movement; to prevent permanent impairment of ecosystem structure and function; and to mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life, property, or downstream values.

A team (BAER team) is formed consisting of resource specialists (soils scientists, hydrologists, geologists, biologists, archeologists, engineers, etc.) that determine if emergency resource or health and safety, conditions exist and then formulate a stabilization plan to protect resources from the first year damaging storms.

The Burn Area Report (2500-8 form) is an emergency action plan and funding request to immediately address watershed emergencies of erosion, landslides, mudflows affecting critical resources. The report consists of effects of the fire on the watershed, values at risk, treatments to address the values at risk, and the cost breakdown for all treatments (funding request). It also addresses monitoring implementation and effectiveness of prescribed emergency treatments.

What follows are BAER related documents for wildfires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

2018

2015

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