Post-Fire Rehabilitation and Recovery

While wildfires may be beneficial and cause little damage to the land, some fires create situations that require special efforts to prevent further problems after the fire. Loss of vegetation exposes soil to erosion; runoff may increase and cause flooding, sediments may move downstream and damage houses or fill reservoirs, and put endangered species and community water supplies at risk. Post-fire programs such as Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) addresses these situations with the goal of protecting life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage after the fire is out.

restoration evaluation

Scientists evaluate and determine if and what treatments are necessary to restore an area post-fire.

BAER Objectives:

  • Determine if an emergency condition exists after the fire.
  • Alleviate emergency conditions to help stabilize soil; control water, sediment and debris movement; prevent impairment of ecosystems; mitigate significant threats to health, safety, life, property and downstream values at risk.
  • Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of emergency treatments.

Burned Area Restoration

Learning from and about fire—efforts to study fire effects and continuously improve fire management.

BAER Case Study

A short video about Burned Area Emergency Response.

BAER Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior maintains a website for Burned Area Emergency Response