Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Green Valley Highlands Shaded Fuel Break
NOE - Notice of Exemption
CAL FIRE is planning the creation of a 12 acre shaded fuel break along the northwest side of the Green Valley Highlands neighborhood in Solano County on land owned by the Vallejo Water District. The purpose of the fuel break will be to stop or slow a potential fire coming from the west of the neighborhood. It will be a place where crews could more effectively combat a fire and will improve the effectiveness of air tanker drops, thereby improving protection of the community in the event of a wildfire.
Vegetation in the project area is dominated by oaks (Quercus spp.), madrones (Arbutus menziesii) and bay laurel (Umbellularia californica). The understory is overgrown with shrub-like trees beneath mature specimens, constituting ladder fuels, and contributing to a high fuel load. Project activities will target removal of shrubs and trees less than 6 inches diameter, resulting in a more open stand on healthier, well-spaced trees. The fuel break will be approx 200 ft wide and approx 2,600 ft long. Material will be removed by hand crews, and will be piled and burned for disposal.
This project fits under portions of Class 4, minor alterations to land categorical exemptions to CEQA. Field review by CAL FIRE staff and Joe Cinek (consultant, RPF #2128) confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a NOE for this project. The Dept has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological 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/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Dept is kept on file at CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit HQ.