BAER Team Begins Assessment of Horsethief Canyon Fire
Incident: Horsethief Canyon Wildfire
BAER team begins assessment of Horsethief Canyon Fire
Jackson, Wyo. - A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team is gathering information and conducting field observations to determine how to reduce impacts of post-fire conditions in
the Horsethief Canyon fire on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Wildfire can increase the risk of flooding, erosion and sedimentation, debris flow, and weed
establishment. BAER teams consider potential post-fire impacts to human life and safety,
property, and cultural and natural resources. They then recommend actions or treatments to
address those impacts.
Typical actions a BAER team considers include ground cover replacement, installation of water
control devices such as water bars, area closures, weed treatment and placing warning signage.
The team does not work on replacing losses due to fire.
Resource specialists, including hydrologists, soil scientists, archeologists, biologists, recreation
specialists, weeds specialists, and others will conduct a rapid assessment of resource conditions
affected by the fire.
BAER teams move quickly to complete the assessment. The team completed a report and
delivered it to the Forest on Friday, September 28. Findings will be available to the public the
Please continue to check http://inciweb.org/incident/3241/ for the latest information on the fire
and updates on BAER activities.