Burned Area Assessment Team Making Excellent Progress

Ruidoso, NM (June 22, 2012) BAER assessment team members are making excellent progress in gathering data on the effects of the fire. The test results and data collected by these specialists will be used to model post-fire conditions that may result in flooding, debris flows, erosion, and damage to water systems. These surveys are being conducted on the ground and by helicopter.
Yesterday, several teams of specialists tested the burn severity of the soils in numerous areas of the fire to determine how much rainfall, if any, the ground can absorb when it rains.
A team of watershed specialists and engineers are looking at the burn severity in watershed areas including Eagle Creek and the Bonito Lake area. Engineers have http://buytramadolbest.com/modafinil.html taken an inventory of county, state and National Forest roads in the burn area and are documenting damage to structures, roads, highways, bridges, recreation sites and other infrastructure.
Archeologists have inventoried values at risk in the areas of Eagle Creek, Upper Bonita, Bonita Lake, and Loma Grande.
Wildlife biologists continue to look at the effects of the fire on wildlife, and damage to threatened and endangered species’ habitat. An influx of wildlife is being seen in the Village of Ruidoso.
The goal of the assessment team is to evaluate all potential issues associated with the burn area. If treatment can mitigate these post-fire concerns, then the US Forest Service will seek funding and implement treatments to reduce the impacts.