The intent of the project is to establish a fuelbreak along a 2-mile section of Palomar Divide Truck Trail in the unincorporated community of Palomar Mountain, in the northeastern portion of San Diego County. The project is located on the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech) property; the treated area is expected to reduce fire intensity, enhance fire suppression opportunities, and decrease the threat of wildfire spreading further into Cal Tech Property and into the community area Palomar Mountain.
This project fits under the description for a Class 4 Categorical Exemption pertaining to minor alterations to land as identified in the CEQA Guidelines. After completing an environmental analysis, the Department has determined this project will have no significant impact on the environment. This determination is based on field assessments, a CNDDB and RareFind, and BIOs search, greenhouse gas emission calculations, and an archaeological review completed under contract by a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) through the PMVFD.