The Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER) has completed a soil burn severity map of the Frye Fire. Based on their analysis 1,917 acres received a rating of “High” burn severity, 5,318 acres were “Moderate” burn severity, and 31,447 acres received a rating of “Low” severity. These ratings reflect the level of impact that the fire had on soil cover and vegetation and are used to project the impact on associated watersheds.
Utilizing this information, the BAER Team developed an assessment report that identifies immediate and emergency stabilization actions needed to address potential post-fire risks to human life and safety, property, cultural heritage, and critical natural resources on national forest lands.
Projects proposed for implementation on the Frye Fire include channel clearing, road treatments, noxious weed inventory and monitoring, protection and safety items, and land treatments to stabilize areas with high burn severity such as aerial seeding.
Not all projects will focus on high-impact areas. Protection and safety actions will focus on warning signs along the Swift Trail and other access points into the national forest which will notify the public of the dangers of entering the fire area. Road treatments will be directed toward clearing storm debris off road surfaces and minimizing the impacts to culverts and other road drainage systems. Channel treatments will also be used to remove floatable debris above road culverts which might float downstream and plug drainage structures.
The BAER Team has prepared a written project proposal which will be used to request funding for the referenced projects. It is anticipated the work will begin on project implementation before the end of this week.
Closures: The majority of the Frye Fire area remains closed to public. Detailed information regarding this closure may be found at https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd550498.pdf.
Fire Restrictions: Fire restrictions have been lifted on all Districts of the Coronado National Forest.
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