McArthur Livestock JS Ranch Retardant Jettison Area

Summary

SCH Number
2008068192
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
McArthur Livestock JS Ranch Retardant Jettison Area
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/12/2008

Document Description
CAL FIRE intends to periodically jettison excess fire retardant on the McArthur Livestock JS Ranch in rural Shasta County. The property where the retardant is to be jettisoned is oak woodland type. At times air tankers are dispatched to a reported fire, are airborne, and then cancelled prior to dropping the retardant. Not all air tankers are capable of safely landing with a full load of fire retardant. Occasionally air tanks must jettison a portion of the retardant load to insure a safe landing. However, the jettisoning of retardant is an infrequent occurrence. When a CAL FIRE air tanker is initially dispatched out of the Redding Air Attack Basin to an SRA reported fire, prior to a confirmation from CAL FIRE ground resources that there is in fact a fire, it will only have 800 gallons (capacity is 1,200 gallons) of retardant on board. With 800 gallons on board the air tanker can safely land without having to jettison. Once CAL FIRE has confirmation from ground resources that there is in fact a fire future air tankers will be dispatched fully loaded. CAL FIRE uses a variety of fire suppressant chemicals to enhance its capability to control and suppress wildfires. CAL FIRE plans to continue such use, and use only the most environmentally benign chemicals including, but not limited to Phos-Chek D75-R, D75-F, and 259-F retardants.

Contact Information
Scott R. McDonald
Cal Fire
875 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001-2719

Phone : (530) 225-2406

Location

Counties
Shasta

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15307, 15308
Reasons for Exemption
The Class 7 and 8 exemptions consists of actions taken by regulatory agencies to assure maintenance, restoration, or enhancement of a natural resource and/or the environment where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment. CAL FIRE has adopted policies and procedures to protect the environment while controlling fires as described in the MND for the "Use of Fire Suppressant Chemicals to Aid in Control of Wildfires."

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