Sonoma M.A.D. Training Burn

Summary

SCH Number
2014068031
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
Sonoma M.A.D. Training Burn
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/2/2014

Document Description
Two prescribed burns are proposed within the Sonoma M.A.D. project area. The first is a Multi-Agency Drill (M.A.D.), consisting of broadcast burning of grasslands in order to train firefighting personnel in the proper procedures of firing techniques, mobile attack, and hand tool usage to control wildland fires. The goal of the Multi-Agency Drill is improved communication, response, and incident management by area-wide emergency partners. The training will be led by the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs, with cooperators including the CAL FIRE, Marin County Fire Department, Novato Fire District, Wilmar Volunteer Fire Department, San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department, Petaluma Fire Department, Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department, Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District, and Goldridge Fire Protection District. This training will treat approximately nine acres annually. The second prescribed burn proposed within the Sonoma M.A.D. project area is the FI-210 Wildland Fire Cause and Determination class. In the class, students work as a team to investigate and document a wildland fire, including determining the fire origin, collecting evidence, conducting interviews, and documenting the case. Eight grasslands plots, each up to a quarter acre in size (approximately 2 acres annually), will be burned during the class in order to allow the students to practice determining the origin and cause of wildfires.

Contact Information
MEgan Scheeline
Cal Fire
1199 Big Tree Road
St. Helena, CA 94574

Phone : (707) 967-1428

Location

Counties
Marin

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S:15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
The Department has concluded 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.
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