UKIAH, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office is providing a story map explaining how the Department of the Interior’s Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team works to assess the damage on BLM and trust lands from the Ranch and River fires that formed the Mendocino Complex.
“More than 80,000 acres of our BLM-managed public lands have been burned during the Pawnee, County, River and Ranch fires this year, so tackling emergency rehabilitation on that scale can be daunting,” says Ukiah Field Manager Amanda James. “Being able to call upon the expertise of specialists like the BAER team to help assess the damage and develop options for moving forward is a huge help.”
The BAER team and Ukiah Field Office staff have worked together to assess damage, identify potential threats and prepare for post-fire events that can follow devastating wildfires. Learn more about the BAER team’s efforts by reading its Mendocino Complex Burned Area Emergency Response story map.
The BLM will be making the interactive maps generated by the BAER team available to the public, along with the summary of its report. A public meeting will also be scheduled to explain the challenges faced by the impacted trail systems. Trails on the Cow Mountain Recreation Management Area have been heavily damaged by the River Fire.
As stewards, the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in our pursuit of our multiple-use mission. For more information, please contact the Ukiah Field Office at 707-468-4000.