El Cariso Village- Fuel Break Community Protection

Summary

SCH Number
2014068030
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
El Cariso Village- Fuel Break Community Protection
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/2/2014

Document Description
The intent of the project is to create a defensible fuel brake around the community of El Cariso Village, providing greater defensible space and increased protection for the community at the event of catastrophic wildfire. The community is located SW of Lake Elsinore, and has been identified by CALFIRE as being at risk to wildfire due to its terrain, high fuel loads and previous fire activity. The project is a continuation of a vegetation treatment project done in 2009. This new project is approximately 15 acre, providing protection for 58 structures. Vegetation is represented by mostly chaparral intermingled with scattered oaks and riparian vegetation. Elevation varies between ~2400 and 2750 ft. The project consists of hand cutting, removal and treatment (piling & burning and/or chipping) of living and dead vegetation creating a 100 50 ft. wide belt around the community. Treatment is planned on various aspects within with predominantly moderate slopes. Tree pruning shall be performed inside the treatment zone as needed, dead, dying or diseased trees will be removed. No commercial operations are planned. These types of treatments will create fire safe conditions for the community and ease further fuel reduction work. No treatment of grass or herbaceous perennials is planned. Under direct supervision of CALFIRE captain, inmate crews will cut/prune and drag by hand the downed material to an accessible location to be piled, burned and/or chipped and broadcast onto the ground.

Contact Information
Gregg Bratcher
Cal Fire
P.O. Box 2097
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Phone : (951) 659-3335

Location

Counties
Riverside
Other Location Info
El Cariso

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
Project will not have a significant effect on or to the environment and that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and services systems and confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. Additionally, a CAL FIRE resource management staff representative will be available onsite providing project oversight and coordination during project implementation.
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