10-1A2338: Mariposa SR-140 Fuels Reduction


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 10 (DOT)
Document Title
10-1A2338: Mariposa SR-140 Fuels Reduction
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
In January 2021, the Governor’s Office released California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan and state highways were identified as “a critical part of the solution” with direction to create fire-safe roadways. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has a role in the Action Plan to assist the state work toward wildfire resilience by providing a highway system that prioritizes vegetation and wildfire management along primary emergency evacuation routes and a highway system that can also function as a shaded fuel break or fire control line during emergency operations by fire suppression. The scope of work includes removing dead and dying brush, shrubs, ground fuels, slash, logs, debris, and dead, dying, and/or hazardous trees that pose a threat to public health and safety, and small-diameter suppressed or intermediate trees in areas of high density. Proposed locations are not located on Federal Lands, do not result in potentially significant impacts to biological or cultural resources, and are located entirely within the existing State Right of Way and roadway prism. The purpose of this project is to reduce the horizontal and vertical continuity of fire fuels to create a functional fuel break along the SR-140, facilitating the safe ingress and egress of vehicles and personnel during an emergency wildfire event. The project is needed to prevent the loss or impairment of life, property, or essential public services along this section of SR-140.

Contact Information

Elizabeth Hummel
Agency Name
Job Title
Associate Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
State Highways
State Route (SR) 140
Other Location Info
Post Miles 22.0 to 34.0

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
Specific Actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency.
County Clerk


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