Now that the Shirley Fire is contained, the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation begins

Fire grew over 2,000 acres; 3 structures destroyed

KERNVILLE, Calif. - Now that the Shirley Fire is 100% contained, the USDA forest Service and the DOI Bureau of Land Management will work together to mitigate post-fire threats to people and the ecosystem. 

The system in use will be the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) program to manage post-fire response actions after a wildfire is contained. 

According to Cody Norris of the United States Forest Service, this emergency stabilization effort prevents "further degradation of natural and cultural resources, and addresses post-fire situations with the goal of protecting life, property, water quality, and deteriorated ecosystems from further damage."  

The next step now, is to assess landscape issues in the area where the Shirley wildfire burned. The BAER team which will assess the damage consists of hydrologists, soil scientists, geologists, geographic information system (GIS) specialists, archeologists, botanists, wildlife specialists and trail specialists. 

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