Rim BAER Update -- 9.14.2013
Incident: Rim Post-Fire BAER Burned Area Emergency Response
RIM BAER UPDATE
SONORA CA (September 14 2013) – Fire crews continue to clear the interior roads of trees and rocks and other obstacles within the Rim Fire area to ensure safe access for Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) scientists and specialists who are conducting field surveys to validate and collect post-fire data.
As a result of this rapid evaluation and assessment emergency stabilization projects designed to decrease possible impacts to values at risk (VAR) such as human life and safety property critical natural resources and cultural resources will be implemented as soon as possible with a goal of completing priority projects before the first major storm arrives over the fire area. The BAER assessment team continues to meet with Stanislaus National Forest staff interagency cooperators and interested stakeholders to identify potential values at risk within and downstream of the burn area and further refine the VAR through its field work.
A specialized BAER implementation team will install the emergency stabilization measures such as water and erosion control devices temporary barriers to protect treated or recovering areas warning signs and appropriately sized drainage features on roads and trails.
On Friday September 13 the Forest Service Regional Forester approved an initial BAER treatment funding request of $362 480 from the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor:
Road Stabilization Measures $154 680
Hazard Tree Removal $15 000
Markers Warning & Hazard Signs $81 800
Barricades & Gates $63 000
Vault Toilet Sealing $6 000
Hazardous Material Erosion Control $20 000
IMPLEMENTATION: $22 000
BAER assessment team leader Todd Ellsworth said “The BAER specialists for the Rim Fire expect to complete their burned area field surveys by the end of next week compile their data to finalize findings and recommend additional emergency stabilization treatments and actions.”
Ellsworth anticipates presenting the BAER team’s assessment report to the Forest Supervisor sometime during the week of September 23. That report and additional funding request will need to be approved by the Forest Service Washington Office and will be posted on the Rim Post-Fire BAER InciWeb page.