Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER)

Helpful Definitions

Burned Area Emergency Response (Emergency Stabilization):

Planned actions to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources, to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire, or to repair/replace/construct physical improvements necessary to prevent degradation of land or resources.

Burned Area Emergency Response Plan/Report (BAER Plan/Report):

This emergency stabilization document specifies treatments approved to implement post-wildfire emergency stabilization policies on an individual incident. The plan/report is prepared by an interdisciplinary team of specialists during or immediately after the containment of a wildfire.

Burned Area Emergency Response Team (BAER Team):

A standing or ad hoc group of technical specialists (hydrologists, rangeland management specialists, biologists, soil scientists, etc.) that are assigned to prepare a BAER Plan/Report.

Burn Severity Map

Burn severity mapping helps BAER team members assess the fire’s impact on vegetation and soils.
Fire Suppression Activity Damage:

Damage to resources, lands, and facilities resulting from wildfire suppression actions, in contrast to damages resulting from a wildfire.

National Burned Area Emergency Response Coordinators Group (NBAER):

The coordinators consists of a representative from the Department of the Interior (DOI) bureaus, including Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), National Park Service (NPS), and Office of Wildland Fire (OWF), and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service (USFS).


Efforts (non-emergency) undertaken within five years of a wildfire to repair or improve fire damaged lands which are unlikely to naturally recover to management approved conditions; or to repair or replace minor facilities damaged by fire. This is a DOI program.


The continuation of rehabilitation beyond the initial five years, or the repair or replacement of major facilities damaged by a fire.

Values to be Protected (values at risk):

Includes property, structures, physical improvements, natural and cultural resources, community infrastructure, and economic, environmental, and social values.

Wildland Fire:

Any non-structure fire that occurs on the landscape. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been identified:
Wildfire – an unplanned, unwanted wildland fire including unauthorized human-caused fires, escaped wildland fire use events, escaped prescribed fire projects, and all other wildland fires where the objective is to put the wildfire out.
Prescribed Fire – Any wildland fire ignited by management actions to meet specific objectives. A written, approved prescribed fire plan must exist, and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) requirements (where applicable) must be met, prior to ignition.

Previous Projects

Chetco Bar BAER

Chimney Tops BAER

Eagle Creek BAER