I-5 (Interstate 5) North Fuel Break Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Cal Fire
Document Title
I-5 (Interstate 5) North Fuel Break Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The I-5 fuel break was designed to establish a 6-mile fuel break in grass and oak woodland habitat within the Caltrans right of way on the west and east sides of the Interstate 5 Highway between Red Bluff and the Hooker Creek/ Auction Yard overpass. In 2014 the project area was expanded 4 miles north and now terminates at the Tehama/Shasta County line. The fuel break is sized appropriately for the fuel type. The fuel break is maintained annually and consists of utilizing CAL FIRE inmate crews to hand cut/scalp annual grass approximately 6-10 feet in width parallel to the interstate. The fuel break is reinstalled each year after the grasses have cured and cease to grow.

Contact Information

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

Agency Name
Tehama-Glenn Unit
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
Interstate 5 Hooker Creek Road Exit to Tehama/Shasta Co. Line (Post mile R26.5-42.1)

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304(i)
Reasons for Exemption
See NOE for full details. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or 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 or traffic, or to utilities and service systems. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE's Tehama-Glenn Unit Headquarters.


Notice of Exemption

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