CalFire Bunchgrass Mountain Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project

Summary

SCH Number
2018098054
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
CalFire Bunchgrass Mountain Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

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 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 facilitiy to support current microwave technology.

Contact Information
Terry Ash
Cal Fire
1416 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 376 3824

Location

Counties
Shasta
Other Location Info
Approx. 6 miles west of Burney, CA
Other Information
Bunchgrass mountains, unincorporated Shasta County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15302, 15303 C: 2 ,3
Reasons for Exemption
This exemption (Class 2 Section 15302(c)) allows for replacement of reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion capacity. This exemption (Class 3 Section 15303(d)) allows for installation and/or conversion of water main ,sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extension, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction. The state confirms that no exceptions apply which would prelude the use of an exemption for this project.
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