CFTC Fuel Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
CFTC Fuel Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The CAL FIRE Training Center in Ione, CA operates on over 500 acres of land, much of which is undeveloped oak woodland with uninhabited structures scattered throughout for training purposes. CAL FIRE is planning a variety of vegetation removal activities for fire safety and training purposes, including: thinning of brush and small trees, up to 10 acres per year; pile burning to dispose of thinned brush and small trees; broadcast burning of grassland, up to 50 acres per year; cutting fireline using hand tools for training purposes; operating fire engines off-road through grasslands to create wet lines and control fires during broadcast burning; and a combination of mechanical weedeating and herbicide use adjacent to structures to maintain defensible space.

Contact Information

Megan Scheeline
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Forester II
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Total Acres
State Highways
Other Location Info
Portions of T6N, R9E, unsectioned portions of the Rancho Arroyo Seco land grant, M DB&M

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 § 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits the description for a Class 4, §15304: Minor Alterations to Land Categorical Exemption to CEQA. 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 thinning of brush and small trees for fire safety and woodland health, pile burning of thinned vegetation, broadcast burning in grass, cutting fireline with hand tools, operating fire engines for mobile attack, and maintenance of defensible space using mechanical and herbicide treatments around structures. The activities will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species, or sedimentation to surface waters. CAL FIRE staff 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 to wildfire. Documentation of the environmental review completed by the Department is kept on file at the CAL FIRE Training Center.


Notice of Exemption

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