Calfire Mount Pierce Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Calfire Mount Pierce Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Calfire is proposing the replacement of aging CalFire telecommunications infrastructure with a new telecommunication tower, vaults and other supporting infrastructure within the State's Public Safety Microwave Network at Mt. Pierce. Existing structures proposed for removal at Mt. Pierce include one communication tower, an existing radio vault building, a shed, and a concrete slab. New equipment would include a new telecommunication tower with microwave dishes, a radio equipment vault, a new vault to house the emergency backup generator fuel system and possibly a new retain wall. The new tower would be a self-supporting, 4 legged lattice structure (80 feet) with a 40-foot upper monopole, as well as a safety ladder, platform and an 18-foot mast and 10-foot lightning arrestor at the top. The Mt. Pierce telecommunication site is an essential component of California's PSMN that transmits 911 calls and emergency instructions during major public safety incidents and natural disasters. The purpose of the project is to maintain CalFire's essential emergency communications linkage at the Mt. Pierce communication facility to support current microwave technology.

Contact Information

Terry Ash
Agency Name
Cal Fire
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Mount Pierce; approx 4 miles southeast of Scotia

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302, 15303
Reasons for Exemption
This exemption allows for replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity. This exemption allows for installation and/or conversion of water main, sewage, eletrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction. The state confirms that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of an exemption for this project.

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