Remote sensing and geospatial support to burned area emergency response teams

Fire Management Today
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Abstract

A major concern of land managers in the United States is the response of watersheds to weather after a wildfire. With an ever-expanding wildland-urban interface (WUI), land managers must be cognizant of potential damage to private property and other values at risk. In the United States, land-management agencies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) deploy Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams to address these concerns and to “prescribe and implement emergency treatments to minimize threats to life or property or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources resulting from the effects of a fire” (USDA Forest Service 2004, p. 17). BAER teams’ objective is emergency stabilization of burned areas, rather than long-term restoration of the landscape after a fire.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Remote sensing and geospatial support to burned area emergency response teams
Series title Fire Management Today
Volume 71
Issue 2
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 4 p.
First page 15
Last page 18