CalFire Sierra Vista Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project

Summary

SCH Number
2019018343
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (Cal Fire)
Document Title
CalFire Sierra Vista Communication Tower and Facilities Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 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 Sierra Vista. Existing structures proposed for removal at Sierra Vista include one communication tower, an abandoned residence building and shed, a cistern, an abandoned concrete generator pad, a generator vault, a radio building, and a propane tank. Additional existing unused structures may also be identified during final engineering and removed during Project construction or cleanup. New equipment would include a new telecommunication tower with microwave dishes, a larger radio equipment vault, and a new vault to house the emergency backup generator fuel system and a propane tank. The new tower would be a self-supporting, 4 legged lattice structure with a 40-foot upper monopole, as well as a safety ladder, platform and an 18-foot mast and 10-foot lightning arrestor at the top. CalFire's Sierra Vista Telecommunication site is an essential component of California's PSMN that transmit 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 Sierra Vista communication facility to support current microwave technology.

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

(916) 376-3824

Location

Counties
Calaveras
Other Location Info
San Andreas, CA
Other Information
Sierra Vista Mountain

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 15302,15303
Reasons for Exemption
Replacement or reconstruction of existing utility system and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity. Installation and/or conversion of water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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