Mt. Konocti Interface Fuel Break

Summary

SCH Number
2016068371
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
Mt. Konocti Interface Fuel Break
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
6/27/2016

Document Description
CAL FIRE and the Kelseyville Fire Protection District, in partnership with the Lake County Fire Safe Council, are planning a fuel reduction project in neighborhoods collectively known as the Riviera at the base of Mt. Konocti near Clear Lake. The Mt. Konocti Interface Fuel Break is a top priority project in Lake County's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and in CAL FIRE's Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Strategic Fire Plan. The fuel breaks are planned in locations where crews could more effectively and safely combat a fire and improve the effectiveness of air tanker drops. Vegetation in the project vicinity is dominated by mature, decadent brush including chamise, manzanita, and toyon, interspersed with small to medium sized trees such as interior live oak, California bay laurel, gray pine, and knobcone pine. Hundreds of acres of flammable vegetation are adjacent to the neighborhoods. The fuel breaks will entail removal of vegetation in linear strips using hand crews, bulldozers, or masticators. Material cut by hand crews will be piled and burned for disposal, or may be chipped if burning is not feasible. Masticated vegetation will be left in place to decompose. Vegetation removed by bulldozers will be piled and burned for disposal. Some vegetation will be retained in a mosaic pattern in order to reduce erosion and provide wildlife habitat. Operators will take care to remove the less desirable, more flammable brush species such as chamise, while retaining larger manzanita plants and trees such as oaks and bays. The fuel breaks will range from 100 to 300 ft wide, depending on treatment method. Areas treated by hand crews will be approximately 100 ft wide, while areas treated by equipment may extend up to 300 ft wide. On average, the fueld breaks will be approximately 200 ft wide.

Contact Information
Megan Scheeline
Cal Fire
1199 Big Tree Rd
St Helena, CA 94574

Phone : (707) 967-1428

Location

Counties
Lake

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, S 15304 Minor Alt to la
Reasons for Exemption
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a NOE for this project. The activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. CAL FIRE staff has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, GHG, hazards materials, hydrology materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems.

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