Dew Drop Forest Fire Station


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Dew Drop Forest Fire Station
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project proposes to broadcast burn the CAL FIRE property at the Dew Drop Forest Fire Station located on Highway 88 approximately 9 miles east of Pioneer, CA. This project is located on gentle slopes 0-15% within timber understory typical of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada at 4,200’ elevation. The project area is bounded on the south, west and north by Sierra Pacific Industries land and on the east by the El Dorado National Forest. Overstory trees within the project include ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, douglas fir, and incense cedar. The project area is almost devoid of understory vegetation. Fuel loading within the project area is limited to very light timber litter and grass. No heavy equipment shall be utilized for the project. Primary fire control lines exist in the form of permanent roads including Hwy 88 which is the project areas southern Boundary. Firing methods shall be limited to hand firing methods.

Contact Information

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


Total Acres
State Highways
Other Location Info
Portions of T8N R14E Sec 30 MDBM
Other Information
Approximately 9 miles east of Pioneer, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits within the definitions Class 4 (15304) involving minor alterations to land. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. CAL FIRE staff has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to energy, 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 to wildfire. A biological assessment in consultation with CA Department of Fish and Wildlife which included a search of the California Natural Diversity Database on 11/15/2021. A Professional CAL FIRE Archaeologist was consulted and there shall be no anticipated impacts to cultural resources. Burning will only be done on approved air quality burn days. The project as proposed shall not have a significant impact on the environment. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE Sutter Hill Fires Station 11600 Highway 49, Sutter Creek, CA 95685.


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