Shaded Fuel Breaks: Fire Hazard Mitigation/Fuel Reduction Update 2020


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Auburn
Document Title
Shaded Fuel Breaks: Fire Hazard Mitigation/Fuel Reduction Update 2020
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Document Description
The Shaded Fuel Break is a prescriptive application of fire hazard mitigation involving the treatment of flammable vegetation upon lands throughout the City of Auburn by creating “defensible space” from wildfire. Auburn Municipal Code; Chapter 100; §100.87, “Fuel Modification Standards” require property owners to apply mitigation measures to reduce potential fire hazards in an effort to reduce loss of life and property damage in the event of wildfire. Fire hazard mitigation measures such as the Shaded Fuel Break involve the reduction of flammable fuels by the strategic removal of vegetation which does not displace soil or impact watersheds.

Contact Information

Dave Spencer
Agency Name
City of Auburn Fire Department
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
City of Auburn Fire Department
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Northern California

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
§15301 (h) and §15304 (i)
Reasons for Exemption
The Shaded Fuel Break fire hazard mitigation treatment applies a prescription that identifies type(s) and procedure(s) for vegetation removal without disturbance to the ground and without impact to watershed and habitat. In addition, all fire hazard mitigation work performed in and or around watercourses and or waterways will adhere to Title 14, California Code of Regulations, §936.5, “Procedures for Determining Watercourse and Lake Protection zone Widths”, as approved by the California Board of Forestry. Mitigation measures for cultural resources, endangered species, and migratory bird act species (MBTA) have been developed and are used in conjunction with the prescription. Endangered vegetation species known or potentially known to be located within Placer County will be surveyed for in any project area prior to the start of any work and, if found, will be excluded from the prescription area. The intent of the Shaded Fuel Break fire hazard mitigation treatment is to reduce the loss of life and improved property without impact to the environment or natural resources.


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