Placer County Emergency Roadside Fuels Reduction - Storm Impacts


SCH Number
Public Agency
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Placer County Emergency Roadside Fuels Reduction - Storm Impacts
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
A series of storms in the winter of 2021 caused a significant amount of damage to trees throughout Placer County, impacting critical infrastructure related to communication, power, and transportation. The resulting fallen trees and limbs pose a significant dead fuel hazard. This project proposes the use of chippers, hand tools, cranes, tracked machinery, and dump trucks to convert storm damaged trees and limbs to ground fuels, or to haul fuels offsite. Priority will determined with key partners including CAL FIRE and Placer County with a focus on primary emergency evacuation routes in Placer County for the benefit of homeowners in fire-prone areas.

Contact Information

Allison Erny
Agency Name
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Conservation Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Northern California
Other Location Info
Work will generally occur within Placer County within 200 feet of the drivable road surface.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
Project is exempt under 14CCR 15269(c) in accordance with a proclamation of a State-declared state of emergency for the entirety of Placer County issued on December 30th, 2021 in response to winter storms. The project proposes to mitigate the hazard posed to critical infrastructure (roads as ingress/egress for emergency response) by downed tree limbs resulting from the storms. Fuel hazards posed by storm-damaged trees and limbs present a short-term hazard for the 2022 wildfire season. Heavy fuel loads near roads are hazardous fuels that could interfere with fire suppression and evacuation efforts within Placer County. Project will not result in take of endangered or threatened plant or animal species or significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. Proposed work has a very low ground impact and will not result in impacts to cultural resources. Refer to supporting documentation and attached state and county-declared emergency proclamations.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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