Lake County Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project

Summary

SCH Number
2021010189
Public Agency
Lake County
Document Title
Lake County Hazardous Fuel Reduction Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/19/2021
Present Land Use
residential properties, public facilities and lands

Document Description
The project proposes to remove hazardous vegetation in Cal Fire's highest priority areas in Lake County, where Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) fuel loads have created dangerous conditions and increased risk of catastrophic wildfire. Some of the identified fuel loads are a result of previous catastrophic wildfires; the Valley Fire (Sept. 2015) and the Mendocino Complex Fire (July 2018). The project includes fuel reduction along existing fuel breaks, roads and communication facilities and will increase fire safety around 10 communities, protecting an estimated 13,700 habitable structures.

Contact Information
Tracy Cline
County of Lake Community Development Department
Lead/Public Agency
255 N. Forbes Street
Lakeport, CA 95453

Phone : (707) 263-2221
tracy.cline@lakecountyca.gov

Clear Lake Environmental Research Center (CLERC)
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Clearlake Cobb, Loch Lomond, Middletown, Kelseyville, Lucerne and Nice Lakeport
Counties
Lake
Regions
Countywide
Zip
95453
State Highways
Hwy 29, Hwy 20, Hwy 53, Hwy 175

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Declared Emergency
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(3); 15269(a)
Reasons for Exemption
This fuel reduction project focuses on management of the excessive fuel loads around the Wildland Urban Interface in Lake County. It is directly related to several catastrophic wildfires that the County has endured, two of which were declared emergencies. The Valley Fire was declared an emergency on September 13, 2015 and The Mendocino Complex was declared an emergency on July 28, 2018. The project meets the criteria for emergency exemptions because it will maintain and repair property damaged by wildfire, protect public facilities essential to public health and safety, and will prevent or mitigate future and imminent wildfire emergencies. The Lake County Community Development Department has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and is, therefore, exempt from the provisions of CEQA.
Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
This fuel reduction project focuses on management of the excessive fuel loads around the Wildland Urban Interface in Lake County. It is directly related to several catastrophic wildfires that the County has endured, two of which were declared emergencies. The Valley Fire was declared an emergency on September 13, 2015 and The Mendocino Complex was declared an emergency on July 28, 2018. The project meets the criteria for emergency exemptions because it will maintain and repair property damaged by wildfire, protect public facilities essential to public health and safety, and will prevent or mitigate future and imminent wildfire emergencies. The Lake County Community Development Department has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and is, therefore, exempt from the provisions of CEQA.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
NOE - CLERC - Fuel Reduction - 01-15-2021   PDF 244 K

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