Placer County Coordinated Fuel Break, Phase 1

Summary

SCH Number
2020100332
Lead Agency
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Placer County Coordinated Fuel Break, Phase 1
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
10/19/2020
Project Applicant
Placer County Resource Conservation District

Document Description
Project is a cooperative partner effort (funded by CAL FIRE) to strategically reduce fuels along the American River canyon rim that borders the communities of Applegate, Heather Glen, Weimar, Clipper Gap, as well as neighboring Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) lands. Project goal is to alter fuel structure to modify fire behavior to reduce wildfire intensity and create a strategic location for wildfire mitigation. Fuels treatment in the form of mastication, herbicide, grazing, chipping, pile burning and handwork will occur on 340 acres of private land within the SRA. The project includes maintenance of an existing fuel break and the creation of new fuel break acreage. Trees and brush under 10 inches in diameter will be eligible for removal. This project will benefit nearby rural communities of Placer county and adjacent public lands by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Contact Information
Allison Erny
Placer County Resource Conservation District
28 Nevada Street
Auburn, CA 95603

Phone : (530) 390-6684

Location

Cities
Applegate
Counties
Placer

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15304
Reasons for Exemption
PCRCD is proposing the qualification of exemption from a comprehensive CEQA analysis under the Class 4 category as follows: (i) Fuel management activities within 30 feet of structures to reduce the volume of flammable vegetation, provided that the activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. This exemption shall apply to fuel management activities within 100 feet of a structure if the public agency having fire protection responsibility for the area has determined that 100 feet of fuel clearance is required due to extra hazardous fire conditions. Note: Authority cited: Section 21083, Public Resources Code; Reference: Section 21084, Public Resources Code. Discussion: This section describes the class of projects involving minor alterations to the land. The 1998 revision to the section specified that this exemption applies to fuel management activities which will not impact threatened or endangered species or result in significant erosion or sedimentation. The proposed project will not result in the taking of any endangered, rare, or threatened species. A professional archaeologist was employed to conduct an archaeological survey of the proposed project area, and the proposed project will not result in impacts to cultural resources.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
2020100332_10192020   PDF 1600 K

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