Loss of vegetation due to fire exposes soil to erosion; runoff may increase and cause flooding, sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs, and put animals and community water supplies at risk. The Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program addresses these situations with the goal of protecting life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage after the fire is out.
Projects in the Cornet / Windy Ridge fire area include: Danger Tree Removal, seeding and mulching of exposed hillsides, invasive weeds treatments, road repairs, cleaning out culverts and replacing culverts when necessary. The work will occur throughout the burned area with an initial emphasis on Forest Service Road (FSR) 1130 and Stices Gulch to provide for the safety of the residents. Travelers can expect delays of up to one hour when visiting Stices Gulch during the last week of October and the first week of November.
Culverts throughout the burned area need to be cleaned out in preparation for the increased sediment flow in the spring due to the fires and some will need to be replaced. The Forest Service, Baker County and the Oregon Department of Forestry are working together to ensure that the rehabilitation efforts are aligned. Salvage logging operations are occurring on private lands in the burned area. Please use caution when visiting or hunting in this area as there is increased traffic on the roadways.
Baker County would like to remind you that while crews are working to reduce debris flows, erosion and flooding, it is unknown how much rain we will receive this spring and what type of flooding events may occur. To keep you informed and increase your situational awareness, Baker County will use its mass notification system, Code Red, to alert you of any weather advisories. If you have not signed up for Code Red, please do so by going to the Baker County Consolidated Dispatch center website http://baker911.org or the direct link at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/6E3ED7D33882 . If you need any assistance please call the Dispatch center at 541-523-6415.