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Emergency Funding Approved for Wolverine Fire

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WENATCHEE, WA – Funding was approved this week for emergency post-fire projects recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.  The team’s report and recommendations were approved, along with its funding request of $314, WENATCHEE, WA – Funding was approved this week for emergency post-fire projects recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team. The team’s report and recommendations were approved, along with its funding request of $314,

WENATCHEE, WA – Funding was approved this week for emergency post-fire projects recommended by the Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team.

The team’s report and recommendations were approved, along with its funding request of $314,100 for public safety and emergency treatments to reduce post-fire hazards resulting from the Wolverine Fire.

Planned projects include improve road and trail drainage, trailhead safety, remove and store a bridge, install two gates, install booms on Lake Chelan, sanitize and protect toilets and cap wells, continue with agency coordination, cooperate on the installation of an ALERT warning system and install rain gauges. Work will begin as early as next week. 

The BAER team assessed the burned areas on Forest Service lands and identified immediate threats and emergency actions to reduce post-fire risks to people, property, and cultural and natural resources. Risk-reduction measures will focus on the hazards of flooding, erosion and sedimentation, debris-laden flows, and the spread of invasive plants. Hazards posed by falling trees and rocks, reduced water quality, and mudslides are included in the team’s report.

The BAER team’s soil burn severity maps and reports for National Forest lands are available at http://centralwashingtonfirerecovery.info/ online. The BAER team uses the maps to identify potential immediate threats to human life, health and safety, property, and natural and cultural resources on National Forest System lands.

Soil burn severity refers to effects of fire on soil characteristics. These include the depth of char (a downward heat pulse into the soil), loss of organic matter through consumption of duff, litter, and fine roots, altered surface color, damage to soil structure, and reduced infiltration.

Burn severity can vary across the fire area depending on topography, weather conditions, fuel types, and rate of fire spread. When organic materials on the ground and within the soil structure burn hot and slow, they form a layer on the surface and within the soil, reducing the ability of water to move downward into the soil and resulting in an increase in surface runoff.

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