A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team is designed to identify and assess post-fire risks to resources.Read more about Federal BAER assessment teams here.
BAER assessments are often a cooperating and coordinated effort between many federal agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assess burned areas on Federal lands. BAER teams are staffed by trained professionals that may include: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, botanists, archeologists, and others who evaluate the burned area. BAER team surveys are rapid assessments of the burned areas that evaluate imminent post-fire conditions of burned watersheds and determine the potential for increased post-fire flooding, debris flows, and rock slides and other potential threats to values at risk.
If you think your home or business is at risk for increased post-fire hazards, visit our Recovery Contacts page to get in touch with local staff that can offer technical assistance. For more information on the Federal BAER Program visit the US Forest Service BAER page or the National Interagency Fire Center BAER page. For summaries of recent BAER reports in Washington visit Central Washington Fire Recovery.
Interagency BAER Teams
Recent fires throughout the state have burned some combination of federal, state, tribal, and private lands.Read more about how the post-fire assessment of these fires have demanded multi-jurisdictional teams.
The 2015 Okanogan Complex Fire included burned areas on state and private lands. An interagency team was assembled by Okanogan Conservation District with support and expertise from several federal, state, and local agencies. An Interagency BAER Report was completed later that year.
The triggers for, assembly of, and funding of multi-jurisdiction post-fire assessment teams for state and private lands remains a complex problem. The agencies participating in the PWFC continue to investigate paths forward for burn assessments outside of the National Forest System.
Incident Information SystemFor the best information of wildfires as they burn, visit the National Incident Information System.
The InciWeb site will provide updates throughout the lifecycle of the fire, including the technical post-fire reports and burn severity maps when completed (though each fire’s page eventually expires). Searching by incident or state (in the dropdown menus at the upper right) can help you quickly navigate to Washington wildfire updates and reports.