Butte Unit Wildland-Urban Interface Firefighting Drill
- SCH Number
- Lead Agency
- Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
- Document Title
- Butte Unit Wildland-Urban Interface Firefighting Drill
- Document Type
- NOE - Notice of Exemption
- Document Description
- Project activities will include cutting practice fire lines using hand and power tools and clearing the lines bare ground. The project site is an undeveloped 40-acre parcel adjacent to rural homes. A flat ridge with open areas bisects the parcel. A steep, brushy slope leading to a class II watercourse is located on the southeast side of the project area. Blue oak, live oak, grey pine, manzanita, toyon, ceanothus, poison oak, and annual grass are the dominant plant species. The geology is a lava cap with areas of very shallow soil in many places. There is an access road that runs along the ridge. The area was burned in the 2008 Humboldt fire and a dozer line was installed along the road. A majority of the practice hand lines will be cut on the steep, brushy slope. Erosion control facilities will be constructed concurrently with line construction. No cutting will occur within 50' of the watercourse. The exercise will occur over a one-day period. Less than one acre of bare ground will be exposed as a part of fireline construction.
Notice of Exemption
- Exempt Status
- Categorical Exemption
- Type, Section or Code
- S:15304 C:4
- Reasons for Exemption
- The project fits under portions of a Categorical Exemption to CEQA : Class 4 - Minor Alterations to Land. This firefighting drill will result in minor alteration of vegetation. Minimal ground disturbance is anticipated as work will be limited in scope. The project as proposed will not have significant impact on humans or the environment.
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