Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Bottle Rock Road Roadside Fuel Reduction
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Bottle Rock Road is approximately 10 miles long and work will consist of removal of brush, shrubs, and small tress up to 6" in diameter by hand crews. Some areas along the road may be masticated for initial treatment and later for maintenance. Cut material will be chipped or piled and burned for disposal. The maximum distance of treatment will be 100' from the edge of the pavement. Primarily 50' above the road and 100' below. Brush, shrubs and small trees will be removed to eliminate fire ladder fuels and increase spacing between tree crowns. The reduced fuel zone will lessen the chance of a wildfire starting and increase the likelihood of crews being able to extinguish the fire. Pacific Gas & Electric is seeking landowner permission on eight of the ten miles of Bottle Rock Road to complete a 30' fuel break under the powerlines, which would tie into the
proposed fuel break.
State Route 29 in Kelseyville to Highway 175 in Cobb.
Notice of Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304, Class 4
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within the above-listed Categorical Exemption listed in the CEQA Guidelines. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. CAL FIRE 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 Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Headquarters, 1199 Big Tree Road, St. Helena, CA. 94574.