The project has a focus of creating a 32 acre, 300' fuels buffer for residential properties located within the 1,855 acre NorthStar community Services District Boundary. The buffer zone exists on the uphill eastern side of residential properties located off of Skidder Trail. The properties exist in the 2015 Northstar Fire Department Community wildfire Protection Plan's number one priority area. This project is a catalyst to an area that is vulnerable to wildfire and declining trees and vegetation that exists within the project area which is affected of a 5th year of drought. Currently, forest fuels are readily bale to burn hot and travel at an accelerated rate across the topography. This fuels buffer projet will allow first responding emergency personnel to make a defensible stand and allow crucial time for additional resources to respond.
The project meets the categorical Exemption as described under 14CCR§15304. The project's main emphasis is to reduce the abundance of fuels near or adjacent to residential and commercial properties and mitigate the effects of a wildfire occurring within or outside the Northstar Community Services District Boundary which is designated as a very high fire severity area.