Reasons for Exemption
This project meets the requirements of a Class 3 and Class 4 Categorical Exemptions: “15303 New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures”- “Class 3 consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures;” and Class 4 Exemption: “15304 Minor Alterations to Land” -“Class 4 consists of minor public or private alterations in the conditions of land, water and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature and scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes”. The project will increase helicopter resource impacts on wildfires, has minimal ground disturbance and will not result in significant effects on biological and archaeological resources nor the environment. Field reviews conducted by OCFA staff have confirmed that no impacts will occur, which justifies the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project. OCFA has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, 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, or to utilities and service systems. OCFA has determined this project would not impact the environment.