BAER Assessment Update - June 21, 2013
Incident: Thompson Ridge Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
BAER Assessment Update – June 21, 2013
JEMEZ SPRINGS, NM (June 21, 2013) – The Thompson Ridge BAER assessment team held a public meeting at the Valles Caldera Science and Education Center, Thursday evening, June 20. BAER interagency cooperators, stakeholders, and tribal government representatives also attended the meeting. Contact information for the interagency cooperators involved in post-fire response for the Thompson Ridge Fire can also be found on InciWeb (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/).
BAER team specialists described their BAER process and what they look for when surveying critical values and resources. The team’s presentation can be found on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3430/18735/.
The BAER team also shared their initial burn severity map for the Thompson Ridge Fire. The map shows that approximately 74% of the 23,903 acres within the Thompson Ridge fire perimeter are either unburned or received a low-severity burn, 23% sustained a burn of a moderate severity, and approximately 3% burned at a high severity. The current BAER map can be downloaded at the “Thompson Ridge Post-Fire Response” InciWeb site (http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/maps/3430/). If additional field data or new satellite imagery is received, an updated BAER burn severity map and burned acreage percentages may change, and the new map will be posted to InciWeb.
The BAER team specialists expect to complete their field surveys on Saturday, June 22. The BAER Wildlife Biologist, Soils Scientists and Hydrologists have begun their analysis of their field data. The Hydrologists and Soils Scientists expect to complete their modeling for predicted post-fire water run-off and erosion levels by Sunday, June 23.
Sometime next week, the BAER team expects to complete their assessment report and submit it to BAER coordinators at the Forest Service Regional and Washington Offices.
SPECIAL NOTE: Everyone near and downstream from the fire area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque Office (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/) website.
As updated information becomes available, it will be posted on InciWeb at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3430/.