Fitch Ranch Shaded Fuel Break


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Fitch Ranch Shaded Fuel Break
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This area is moderately stocked with vegetation and crown closure ranges from 20 to 100 percent. The conifer component is experiencing a large amount of mortality from bark beetles as a years of drought have weakened the trees. This has resulted in dead standing trees posing threats to safety along the roads and potentially increasing the potential for wildfire spread. The project consists of fuel break construction. Construction will consist of pre commercial thinning over story trees to reduce crown densities to a level that will not carry a crown fire. Trees will be selected to create an open canopy with a goal of 40% crown cover, and improve forest health and vigor. Trees with cavities will be left to maintain wildlife structure. The project area is approximately 160 acres in size. Vegetation removal will consist of hand cutting and piling for burning during a safe burn window and mechanical mastication with light and/or heavy equipment. Trees up to 12 inches DBH may be removed to achieve the necessary spacing needed for achieving a functional fuel break. Any tree posting a threat to life and safety shall be removed. The primary goal is to disrupt the horizontal and vertical continuity of fuels in order to provide a safe and feasible means of defense against the high probability of vegetation fire within the wildland urban interface.

Contact Information

Roger Petersen
Agency Name
Cal Fire
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of constructing fuel breaks. A query of the CNDDB did not reveal the presence of any sensitive species. Protection measures for watercourses are consistent with the California Forest Practice Rules. Projection measures for archaeological sites are consistent with Best Management Practices implemented in the area and project impacts are not expected.

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