Post Carr Fire Hazardous FR N299

Summary

SCH Number
2020090228
Lead Agency
Forestry and Fire Protection, Department of (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection)
Document Title
Post Carr Fire Hazardous FR N299
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
9/14/2020
Project Applicant
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Present Land Use
Rural Residential and Roadside Right of Way

Document Description
The Post Carr Fire Hazardous Fuels Reduction – North of 299W project is located in Shasta County in the communities of French Gulch, Old Shasta, and Keswick into Redding city limits. The project includes fuel reduction and hazard tree removal on approximately 606 acres along roads, ingress and egress points, and firefighting infrastructure to provide for safer ingress and egress of evacuating residents and responding emergency personnel. This will be addressed by the removal of dead and dying trees and control of re-sprouting vegetation within 200 feet of serviceable roadways that pose a structural threat to roadways or public or private infrastructure. Work is scheduled for 2020-2021. Treatment will focus on the removal of dead vegetation along the road edge and adjacent to structures up to 200 feet. Treatments will include mechanical and hand removal of hazardous vegetation. All dead and dying vegetation will be removed and living trees will be spaced to a distance no greater than 30 feet. Mechanical operations will include the use of a masticator and chipping equipment and manual treatment’s will include chainsaws, lopers or pruners, piling and burning. Removal of hazardous trees and fuel reduction will have a direct benefit to the life and safety of residents and travelling motorists in the area. The value of the fuel treatments, both in terms of reduced fire behavior/intensity and in terms of impacts will produce long-term benefits. These benefits include reductions in vertical and horizontal continuity of fuels and removing competition from many small, closely spaced, fire-vulnerable species into a smaller number of resilient larger trees, thereby improving overall fire resiliency and carbon stocks.

Contact Information
Benjamin Rowe
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
875 Cypress Avenue
Redding, CA 96001

Phone : (530) 225-2432
Benjamin.Rowe@fire.ca.gov

Location

Counties
Shasta
Total Acres
606
State Highways
299
Other Location Info
Portions of: T32N R5W Sec 4, 5, 6, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 & 33, T32N R6W Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 24, 25 & 36 , T33N R7W Sec 2, 11, 14, 15, 22 & 27, T34N R6W Sec 31 & 32 , and T34N R7W Sec 13, 24, 25, 35 & 36 MDB&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under a portion of Class 4 categorical exemption “15304 Minor Alterations to Land.” 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, energy, 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, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE’s Shasta-Trinity Unit Headquarters.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
SHU Post Car Fire Hazardous FR 299N NOE_signed   PDF 141 K

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