Butte Unit Wildland-Urban Interface Firefighting Drill


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
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.

Contact Information

Dave Derby
Agency Name
Cal Fire
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



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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