Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of
Middleton Road Fuel Break
NOE - Notice of Exemption
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
The Middleton Rd Fuel Break Project serves to reduce the fuels hazard along the evacuation routes for the Middleton Tract community of homes. Total project size is 20 acres (60 ft wide fuel reduction clearance along the 2.5 mile Middleton Road) but the area of protection covers 12.8 square miles. This protection area is bounded by Skyline Blvd (CA Highway 35) to the east, State Park Rd to the west, Alpine Rd to the north and Ward Road Fire Trail to the south. It consists of 200 ft old-growth and second-growth coastal redwood trees, oak trees and brush. All fuels reduction will be by hand crews and slash will be brought to a chipper with the chips broadcast back onto the soil surface.
Review by Tim Morin, RPF #2505, confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The RPF 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 RPF is kept on file at CAL FIRE's St. Helena office.