City of South Lake Tahoe Fuel Reduction Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
South Lake Tahoe, City of (City of South Lake Tahoe)
Document Title
City of South Lake Tahoe Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
Create defensible fuelbreak on two inner-city public lots totaling 30 acres. Fuel break will be at least 300 feet wide. Horizontal and vertical fuel loading reduced so as to reduce the risk of catastrophic fire. Post-treatment stand shall have at least 10 feet between residual crowns or 20 feet between boles of trees, with average crown-to-base height of at least 20 feet. Post-treatment tree spacing will eliminate sustaining crown fires in the overstory by reducing ladder fuels. Post-harvest stand will result in flame length of less than 2 feet and approximately 100 square feet of basal are per acre. Individual brush plants shall be thinned to a spacing of 1.5 times the height of the remaining plants. All brush shall be removed from within the drip line of all trees. Post-treatment forest stand shall be dominated by larger, fire tolerant trees (16 inches dbh and greater) where surface and ladder fuels are reduced so crown fire ignitions are unlikely. All trees shall be limbed to 12-feet from base so as to remove ladder fuels thereby disrupting vertical fuel continuity. All slash and timber shall be treated by chipping.

Contact Information
Ray Zachau
City of South Lake Tahoe
2101 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Phone : (530) 542-6160


South Lake Tahoe
El Dorado

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project is categorically exempt from CEQA as no ground disturbance shall occur which would otherwise result in a significant impact to the environment as all project work will be performed by hand with gas-powered hand tools, i.e., chainsaws. No heavy equipment or other significant ground disturbing equipment shall be used. No pile or under burning shall occur. Material will be chipped. Slopes do not exceed 10% anywhere within the project area.

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