Remote sensing was used because even after the fires were put out there were hazards associated with the damage caused by the fires. It was without a doubt that these fires were serious, in consideration that the area was still expressing dry conditions and winds that fueled the fires.
The potential hazards that presented danger to residents in the area were the reoccurrence of more fires. On the other hand the exposed ground from the fires left the soil exposed to rain, snow and wind. This can easily result in erosion and debris flow in these burned areas in case of storms (Johnson, 2004). In order to prevent these scenarios the BAER are dispatched to a scene of a fire to evaluate the fires that are at risk of serious debris and erosions. They then put them out to stop their spread.