Pitchfork Ranch Live Fire Training


SCH Number
Public Agency
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Document Title
Pitchfork Ranch Live Fire Training
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Pitchfork Ranch Live Fire Training exercises will provide County of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel a training opportunity for the safe and effective use of Rx Fire and Fire Suppression tactics. The Pitchfork Ranch is comprised of 314 acres of private ranch land. Approximately 90 acres of the ranch been identified as a beneficial training area of which 16 acres will be used for training. Type 1 Hand Crews will construct hand line using hand tools to remove surface vegetation. Engine Crews will conduct progressive hose lays which will not involve the cutting of vegetation. Fire apparatus will be operated from pre-existing roads/motorways and previously graded surfaces to pump water for the progressive hose lays. No heavy equipment will be operated off pre-existing roads/motorways or on previously undisturbed soil surfaces.

Contact Information

Evan Conklin
Agency Name
County of Los Angeles Fire Department
Job Title
Deputy Forester
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Total Acres
Other Location Info
Del Sur USGS 7.5 Quad, T16N, R14W, Section 4 Pitchfork Ranch

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4 15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
This project fits under Class 4 Categorical Exemption described in CCR 14 15304 pertaining to minor alterations to land. A limited environmental review conducted by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department staff Foresters and an in depth environmental review conducted by US Department of Agriculture staff confirmed that no exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a Notice of Exemption for this project and determined that no significant impacts would occur. Documentation of the environmental review is on file at the County of Los Angeles Fire Department's Natural Resource Section Vegetation Management Unit in Pacoima, CA.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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