Backbone Road Fuel Break Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Backbone Road Fuel Break Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
CAL FIRE, has assessed approximately 350 acres for fuels reduction. The CAL FIRE project is approximately 275 acres and incorporates 100’ from centerline (200’ total width) on portions of Backbone Rd. (~11 miles) near the community of Jones Valley, CA. This project is located on several different vegetation types including mixed conifer, oak woodland, and chaparral. Manual and mechanical fuel reduction will include the use of a masticator, bulldozer, chipper, and chainsaws to thin suppressed trees (generally <10” DBH) and shrubs. Cut material will be masticated, crushed, chipped back into the unit, and/or piled and burned. Follow up broadcast burning may be used to maintain the project area. Project activities may be implemented any time of year, however, will not be conducted during saturated soil conditions.

Contact Information

David Jaramillo
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
Backbone road
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Portions of T33N, R3W, Sec 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17; T33N, R2W, Sec 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 & 18; T34N, R2W, Sec 26, 27, 34 & 35 MDBM
Other Information
Backbone Rd near the community of Jones Valley

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. The project consists of minor treatments to land and vegetation in the form of brush removal and understory thinning via hand crews and mastication. The activities do not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. This project will not convert forestland to nonforest uses, and all treated vegetation will have the ability to grow back. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/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/traffic, utilities and service systems or wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at 875 Cypress Ave., Redding, CA 96001.


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