Minarets High School Training Burn - Between Buildings


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Minarets High School Training Burn - Between Buildings
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is proposing annual training burns at Minarets High School. These annual training burns will be around the school buildings targeting the grassland vegetation build up to remove the weeds and reduce fire hazard. Anticipated annual spring burns (May to June timeframe) for this project, are outside of class time when high schoolers and most staff are not present. This project is located at Minarets High School, address 45077 Road 200, O'Neals, CA 93645. Driving approximately 9 miles south of Coarsegold, CA on Highway 41, turn left at Road 200 and Minarets High School will be on the left. One property owner, Chawanakee Unified School District, with 48 acres in the project, only 14 acres will be broadcast burned. This project is in Madera County on the O'neals and Millerton Lake West CA USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle. Legal Description is portions of Sec. 24, 25 T09S R20E and Sec. 19, 30 T09S R21E MDB&M. Project elevation is between 1425ft - 1495ft. Vegetation setting is in the Southern Sierra Foothills, oak woodland-grassland community. CAL FIRE engine crews will be conducting the burn with hand firing devices. Hand lines will supplement existing holding lines, such as roads and sidewalks. A light scrape around trees, shrubs, and infrastructure as needed to prevent catching fire.

Contact Information

Brian Mattos
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Unit Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Sebastien Cordier
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Environmental Scientist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Total Acres
Other Location Info
Portions of T09S R20E Sec. 24, 25 & T09S R21E Sec. 19, 30 MDBM
Other Information
45077 Road 200, O'Neals, CA 93645. Approximately 9 miles south of Coarsegold, CA.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project meets the requirements of Class 4, §15304(e): Minor Alteration to the Land Categorical Exemption to CEQA. Class 4 includes 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. Minor temporary use of land having negligible or no permanent effects on the environment. Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland or 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 or traffic, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at CAL FIRE Mariposa Headquarters at 5366 State Highway 49 North, Mariposa CA 95338.


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