The Forest Service’s Burned Area Emergency Response team, or BAER, has begun work surveying the fire-affected areas located within the Pipeline Fire perimeter. The work these teams do determines the level of risk from potential flooding and debris flow, and calculate how the risks will affect both human safety and the natural and cultural resources in the area. BAER teams typically consist of scientists and specialists including hydrologists, geologists, soil scientists, road engineers, botanists, wildlife and fisheries biologists, archaeologists, recreation and trails specialists, and geographic information specialists, from both federal and state agencies. BAER teams analyze the data collected during field surveys to produce a “soil burn severity” map. This is the first step in assessing potential watershed impacts from wildfires to values that may be at-risk from potential increased flooding, sedimentation, debris flows and rockslides.
For the BAER Team’s Inciweb Page, click here: