BAER Definitions Used in Values-at-Risk Matrix
Incident: Thompson Ridge Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
BAER Definitions used in Values-at-Risk Matrix
The following information are Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) definitions used by the BAER team for the values-at-risk (VAR) Matrix (see separate article and posted PDF document for the VAR Risk Level Matrix) when assessing the risk level for each identified value-at-risk having the potential for increased run-off and soil erosion following a wildfire.
Probability of Damage or Loss:
Use the following as a framework to estimate the relative probability that damage or loss would occur within one to three years (depending on the resource):
Very likely - nearly certain occurrence (>90%)
Likely - likely occurrence (>50% to
Possible - possible occurrence (>10% to
Unlikely - unlikely occurrence (
Magnitude of Consequences:
Major - Loss of life or injury to humans; substantial property damage; irreversible damage to critical natural or cultural resources.
Moderate - Injury or illness to humans; moderate property damage; damage to critical natural or cultural resources resulting in considerable or long term effects.
Minor - Property damage is limited in economic value and/or to few investments; damage to natural or cultural resources resulting in minimal, recoverable or localized effects.
Very High and High Risk - These are Unacceptable risk levels. Treatments should be considered.
Intermediate Risk - This could be Unacceptable if human life or safety is the critical value. Treatments may be needed.
Low and Very Low Risk - These are NOT Unacceptable risk levels. Treatments are rarely justified.