WENATCHEE, WA — A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is beginning on-the-ground assessments of watersheds, soils, wildlife, fish, roads, cultural sites, infrastructure and other values on theChiwaukum, Duncan, and the southern part of the Carlton Fires.
The Team is adding final touches to the Chiwaukum Fire assessment, began the Duncan Fire assessment Sunday, and began the southern portion of the Carlton Fire today. The entire process happens quickly, usually within two to five weeks from the start of a fire, in order to get the risk predictions to emergency managers and get any emergency stabilization and flood control measures in place, ideally, prior to a major rain event.Recent and past post-fire events inform the risk predictions and are included as part of the assessment and post-fire emergency measures.
The team is comprised of professionals such as hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists and archeologists. They are identifying significant threats to life, property, natural and cultural resources. When assessments are completed, the BAER team provides risk predictions, recommends emergency measures to minimize threats from potential flooding and debris flows and requests funding to implement projects specifically designed to reduce the impacts on values at risk.
Assessment information is shared with various local, state and federal agencies to inform, coordinate and collaborate on land treatments within jurisdictional and legal authorities.