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BAER Team Assembles At Scene Of Beaver Creek Fire
Hailey-Ketchum, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Beaver Creek Fire ravaged nearly 115,000 acres of land in the Wood River Valley.
While contained on Sunday, the fire is continuing to leave its mark. Now a Burned Area Emergency Response team is in place to determine areas most severely impacted by the fire.
The Beaver Creek Fire damaged hillsides, properties, even burned down a home. Now after the fire blazed through this scenic area, the assessment begins with BAER spearheading the efforts.
Eric Schroder, BAER Team Leader explains, "it's a Forest Service program in which we go in and review burned areas after the fire has gone through and we're looking for burned area conditions and we're also looking at valleys at risk within the burned area."
The BAER team just started their efforts on Tuesday, but hopes to have the assessment done by the end of next week.
Schroder adds, "we're too early in the assessment to know where the most dangerous places within the burned areas are, however, we are working on a burned severity map and once we're done with that, we're going to start getting a fairly good idea of where the watershed should be most responsive."
Meanwhile, at the height of the Beaver Creek Fire, the number of personnel surpassed 17-hundred, now roughly 50 are assigned. But work is still to be done as hot spots continue to appear within the fire perimeter.
"My staff is out monitoring areas that did show some continued heat, just making sure everything is ok, we did receive some rain in the last 48 hours so that should really help from a fire standpoint, just creates a lot of connotation from debris flows and flooding downstream. That's what really doing with now," adds Kurt Nelson, Ketchum Ranger District.
Channels are visible on the slopes while mudslides take trees and debris down into the valley. As for returning back to normalcy it will be a challenge due to nature's wrath.
A public information meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 5th at the community campus in HaIley. The meeting begins at seven in the evening.
The BAER team plans to reveal the preliminary results of the field assessment.