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Burned Area Emergency Response, BAER

Background | Wildland Fire Leadership Council

While many wildfires cause little damage to the land and pose few threats to fish, wildlife and people downstream, some fires create situations that require special efforts to prevent further problems after the fire. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; runoff may increase and cause flooding, sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs, and put endangered species 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.


National BAER & Watershed Improvement Program Leader: Penny Luehring


References

Watershed Publications

2013 BAER Interim Directive; doc 180 KB

USDA Forest Service RMRS, Soil & Water Engineering Publications

Erosing From Burned Watersheds in San Bernardino NF; Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-58. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; 1982. (PDF 66 KB)




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