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BAER Team Assesses Cellar Fire Impact

28 July 2019   Debbie Maneely
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team starts intial assessment of Cellar Impacts

 Location: 16 miles south of Prescott, AZ on the Bradshaw Ranger District (T10N, R2W, S5)

Start Date: July 14th

Size: Approximately 7,512 acres

Percent Contained: 80%

Cause: Lightning

Vegetation: Grass, Brush, and Chaparral

Resources: 3 Engines

The Prescott National Forest Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team has started its initial assessment of the impacts of the Cellar Fire. The BAER program is designed to identify and manage potential risks to resources on National Forest System lands and lessen these threats through appropriate emergency actions to protect human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources.

The BAER team typically consist of hydrologists, soil scientists, archaeologists, wildlife biologists, and other specialists whose work begins with days of field data collection. The next phase involves completing a values-at-risk assessment for the Cellar Fire. This assessment will determine and prioritize work within the fire area; followed by modeling and analyzing data before completing a report that will be given to Forest Service officials.

Wildfire increases the potential for post-fire flooding, soil erosion, and debris flows that could impact recreational areas, homes, structures, roads, and other infrastructure within, adjacent to, and downstream from burned areas. Residents and visitors should remain alert to possible flooding when traveling along roads downstream from the burned areas on the Forest. Everyone near and downstream from the Cellar Fire burned area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the area. Flash flooding could occur quickly during heavy rain events.

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