Re-Occurring Prescribed Fire Training AEU/Sutter Hill

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SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Re-Occurring Prescribed Fire Training AEU/Sutter Hill
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project involves field training exercises for CAL FIRE and cooperating Amador County Fire Department employees to improve proficiency for planning and administering prescribed fire operations and to reduce fuel hazards around CAL FIRE's Sutter Hill Station. A total of approximately 8 acres of annual grasses and brush shall be treated on state property in an area which has been burned multiple times over the years under a Categorical Exemption (CE) which expired in 2018. Minimal soil disturbance will occur. No watercourses exist on or adjacent to the proposed project. No known occurrences or habitat of threatened, rare or endangered species occur in or adjacent to the project area. No activity will take place on any steep pitches over 50% in slope or when soils are saturated. The proposed area shall be maintained using similar. treatments weather and burning prescription windows permitting in the future. The AEU Environmental Coordinator will survey the project area each year prior to training to confirm the presence or absence of threatened and/or endangered species.

Contact Information

Thomas J. Tinsley
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Amador City
Other Location Info
CAL FIRE's Sutter Hill Station, Sutter Hill, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4-S: 15304
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under the description for a Class 4 (Minor Alterations to Land) Categorical Exemption to CEQA. CALFIRE staff conducted an environmental review to confirm that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. This review included an on"the-ground field inspection by the Unit Forester, and consultation with a CALFIRE State Archaeologist familiar with the property. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/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/traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at AEU Unit Headquarters in Camino.


Notice of Exemption

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