Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
McClellan Tarmac Lease
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The project consists of combining two delegated leases into one new lease so the lease can be extended more than three years at a time. The first lease consists of two separate land areas used for support and storage: 1) 27,000 sf tanker support/storage of a vacant area adjacent to the tarmac where aircraft que up for retardant intake; 2) 18,250 sf triangular area adjacent to the side of a current CAL FIRE building located at 5741 Price Ave for aircraft parking, equipment storage, and buffer area. The second lease is for 250,000 sf of tarmac which is used for loading aircraft with fire retardant. These two leases are currently active and will be terminated to create one combined lease.
The land area leases are located within McClellan Park, a former air force base that is located approx 10 miles northeast of downtown Sacramento. CAL FIRE's air program includes 23 airtankers, 11 helicopters, and 14 air tactical aircraft. During fire events, McClellan Park serves as a hub for air tanker activities.
The project is consistent with categorical exemptions: 15301, class 1 existing facilities. This exemption consists of the operation, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination. The project is rre-establishing a lease that has expired (been in place since 1978) and does not proposes any physical changes.