Butte Forest Thin Prescribed Fire Project (8CA03417)

Summary

SCH Number
2018098182
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Board of
Document Title
Butte Forest Thin Prescribed Fire Project (8CA03417)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/10/2018

Document Description
The BLM would utilize prescribed fire on approximately 220 acre of fire adapted forestland to facilitate forest succession, improve forest health, and reduce fire hazard in two locations of the Forks of Butte. The burn would be implemented during non-fire season months that typically occur between early fall though spring. Burn units would be subdivided as needed to facilitate control efforts and mange smoke based on burn day smoke dispersion. Burning in each unit would occur on up to four occasions over a 10-15 year period. Burn treatment would create defensive space in treated areas that are adjacent to existing and planned private residences, strategic fuel breaks and field reduction zones along ridgelines and adjacent to infrastructure. All burning would be completed under a prescribed fire burn plan approved by the State Fire Management Officer. Burns would be conducting using hand ignition and other standard prescribed fire methods. Burn prescription would aim to reduce surface fuel loading 25-85% and understory woody vegetative cover by 15-65% from preburn levels. Reentry burns may occur up to three additional times over a 15 year period. The Forks of Butte area, with steep slopes and dense forested vegetation, has a high risk of human fire starts due to camping and other recreation activities occurring along Butte Creek. Vegetation thinning completed by the BLM to reduce fuels and thin the forest has occurred on a limited basis along roadways and through past timber harvesting such as the 2012 Butte Forest Thing, but over the past 30 years such treatments have occurred on less than 5% of the land. as time proceeds without a fire, forest vegetation continues to become denser, with corresponding surface and canopy fuel accumulations that increase the probability that a high intensity, fuel driven fire occurs. Such a fire would likely result in significant adverse impacts to area natural resources and surrounding communities.

Contact Information
David Jaramillio
Forestry and Fire Protection, Board of
P.O. Box 356
Hayfork, CA 96041

Phone : (530) 628-4206

Location

Counties
Butte
Township
24N
Range
3E
Other Information
Section 27, 34, 35

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
C:4 S:15304
Reasons for Exemption
It has been determined that no exception apply which wuold preclude the use of a NOE for this project. This project is consistent with the requirement stated in Section 15304; Minor alterations to land and will have no significant environmental impacts to aesthetics agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emission, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/traffic, or to utilities and service systems.

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