Rangeland Demonstration Burn in Yolo County


SCH Number
Public Agency
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Rangeland Demonstration Burn in Yolo County
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is an approximately 31-acre prescribed fire to be implemented by the Yolo County Resource Conservation District. The project would serve as a demonstration training burn for members of the Yolo Prescribed Burn Association to learn how to safely and effectively use prescribed burning for hazardous fuels management, invasive weed control, and for the benefit of the ecosystem. The management objectives for the prescribed burn are invasive species control, improved forage for rangeland, and wildfire prevention. The project would take place on rangeland for cattle impacted by yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) and barbed goatgrass (Aegilops triuncialis).

Contact Information

Heather Nichols
Agency Name
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Job Title
Executive Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Cross Streets
County Road 84A and County Road 15B
Other Location Info
Burn site is located at the western end of Road 15B.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4- Minor Alterations to Land (CEQA Guidelines, Section 15304)
Reasons for Exemption
The project is a low-intensity prescribed burn to improve rangeland by removing invasive weeds with a broader goal of improving community wildfire resiliency through raised awareness and training about prescribed burning as a land management tool. . The burn plan, prepared by a California Certified Burn Boss, will identify hazard mitigation tactics and ensure the conservation of ecological and cultural resources. To define the perimeter of the burn, site preparation for the project may include mowing or box scraping with a tractor along existing two-track roads depending on vegetation conditions. Under the specified prescription, the burn will have low velocity and minimal heat resulting in the combustion of fine fuels only. The project will not result in taking of endangered, rare, or threatened plant or animal species or result in significant erosion and sedimentation of surface waters. Given the size and nature of the project, it is consistent with the Class 4 Exemption under CEQA Guidelines and other exceptions in CEQA Guidelines section 15003.2 apply.
County Clerk


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