The proposed project is intended to reduce cover of a noxious weed on approx. 94 acres of rangeland. The state of CA will not be conducting any ground-disturbing operations, simply burning blocks bounded by existing ranch roads during the typical natural and cultural burning season of these rangelands.
CalFire is proposing training burns on approx. 94 acres of oak woodland pasture to initiate control of medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-meduase) grass. Units are bounded by cleared ranch roads for control lines and no line construction is required. Firing activities would utilize various hand firing devices in the designated burn blocks. Routine fire control training activities would include mobile attack, hand tools use, and progressive hose lay operations while in a controlled environment. All burning will be performed in accordance with terms and conditions of a burn permit issued by the Mariposa County Air Pollution Control District. If post-burn monitoring indicated reduction in medusahead cover, continued warm season burns may be continued until medusa head is extirpated from the site.
The project meets the requirements of Class 4, 15304 - Minor Alterations to Land Categorical Exemptions to CEQA. Class 4 includes minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, and scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing, public services, recreation, transportation or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CALFIRE's Monterey Unit Headquarters.