CalFire Pratt Mountain Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
CalFire Pratt Mountain Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (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 (PSMN) at Bunchgrass Mountain. Existing structures proposed for removal at Bunchgrass Mountain include two buildings, two communication towers (one operating and the other a tower frame only) and a LPG (propane) tank. 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 potentially 140 feet of realigned access road. 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 on top. The Bunchgrass Mountain 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 Bunchgrass Mountain communication facility to support current microwave technology

Contact Information

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


Other Location Info
Other Information
Pratt Mountains

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302, 15303 C:1,2
Reasons for Exemption
The exemptions allows for replacement or reconstruction or 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, electrical, gas, 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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