Vegetation Clearance and Re-Occurring Prescribed Fire Training ABU/Pilot Hill


SCH Number
Public Agency
Cal Fire
Document Title
Vegetation Clearance and Re-Occurring Prescribed Fire Training ABU/Pilot Hill
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project involves field training exercises for CAL FIRE and cooperating Fire Department employees. A fuelbreak will be constructed around CAL FIRE's Pilot Hill Lookout through targeted thinning and pruning of Ponderosa and Foothill Pine, and removal of shrub species. A total of approximately 7 acres shall be treated on state property in an area which has been treated multiple times over the years under CAL FIRE ownership. Once completed, this fuel break will be maintained on an annual basis through the use prescribed fire with the main carrier of the fire being annual grasses and forbs which are expected to repopulate the site after shrubs and select trees are removed. See NOE for full details.

Contact Information

Patrick McDaniel
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Pilot Hill
El Dorado
Cross Streets
CAL FIRE' s Pilot Hill Lookout, Pilot Hill, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 15304
Reasons for Exemption
See NOE for full details. 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 project forester, consultation with a CALFIRE State Archaeologist familiar with the property and consultation via email with representatives of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Regional Water Quality Control Board. 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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