Prescribed Burning on Private Lands (PBPL) Pilot Program - Foresthill


SCH Number
Public Agency
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Prescribed Burning on Private Lands (PBPL) Pilot Program - Foresthill
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project was funded by CAL FIRE to increase the pace and scale of prescribed burning throughout the state to improve fire resilience and forest/community health. The project will serve as an opportunity to equip private landowners with the knowledge and skills to use prescribed burning as a fuels management tool, decrease fuel continuity, and reduce the probability of catastrophic wildfire. The proposed project benefits private landowners, suppression resources, and the ecological integrity of the state's forestlands.

Contact Information

Cordi Craig
Agency Name
Placer County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Prescribed Fire Program Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Foresthill USGS 7.5' Quad

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4; Minor Alterations to Land; California Code of Regulations Title 14 Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Placer RCD is proposing the qualification of exemption from a comprehensive CEQA analysis under the Class 4 category for minor alterations to land. The project involves a low intensity prescribed underburn to improve community fire resiliency, reduce risks to first responders during a wildfire, preserve the ecological integrity of the property when a wildfire ignites, and provide community training in the use of safe, legal, and ecological prescribed fire. The site was nearly destroyed in the Mosquito Fire (2022) and prescribed burning will be used for fuels reduction, forest stewardship, and protection of historical and cultural resources. Under the specified prescription, the burn will have low velocity and minimal heat, resulting in the combustion of fine fuels only and not threatening the forest ecosystem. The property is approximately 160 acres. The proposed burn units are all less than 10 acres in size. The units are located in a developed area surrounded by roads and homes. The proposed project will not result in the taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or result in significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters.
County Clerk


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