Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Millerton Helicopter Facilities
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The Millerton Fire Station is located in Eastern Fresno County at approx 500' elevation and is situated one quarter mile east of the San Joaquin River, one half mile south west of Millerton lake and the Friant Dam, and lies directly adjacent to the town of Friant. Much of the surrounding area is developed. Existing vegetation consists of oaks and grass savannah in non-developed areas. The 7.6 acre property on which the Millerton Fire Station sits is within the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area which is maintained and operated by Parks and Rec on behalf of the Bureau of Reclamation. This infrastructure improvement project will support the Call When Needed Exclusive Use Contract helicopter and associated helitack crew based seasonally at Millerton Fire Station. The existing crude concrete landing pad will be replaced by a 20x50' FAA compliant, lighted concrete pad. A 24x40' modular building will be placed onsite utilizing wood foundations. Minor grading would occur for the new concrete landing pad and modular building. A new 6x6x12 concrete septic tank will be installed. Trenching for approx 50x2x2 will connect new affluent sewer pipe to existing affluent sewer pipe. Additional trenching will occur to connect modular building to existing water, data/cable, and electrical. Approx 30 non native Eucalyptus and locust trees will be removed. Aggregate base rock will be placed on the driveway from the existing fire station to the modular building and the adjacent parking area. An existing cement storage building will be demolished and removed to accommodate improvement activities. Work will include a grader, backhoe, cement truck, tractor trailer, drill rig, crane, and a bus to transport crew. The project could take six weeks to complete.
The site location has been reviewed by a registered professional forester for potential environmental impacts. Field review by CAL Fire staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a NOE for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, ag and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, GHG, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems.