Happy Valley Fire Center Lease


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
Happy Valley Fire Center Lease
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project consists of negotiating a long-term lease with an option to purchase the buildings and land that is owned by the Victor Treatment Centers Inc. The property is located at 855 Canyon Road, Redding, CA 96007. Due to increased staff levels the current CAL FIRE facilities in the unit are unable to accommodate the additional staff. Additionally, one Firefighter hand crew is being relocated from a fire station located at 11787 Ponderosa Way in Whitmore, California due to limits on the septic system. The facility is being leased to house approximately 80 CAL FIRE personnel and associated administrative staff. Eventually the Happy Valley Fire Center will accommodate CAL FIRE hand crews that service the Shasta-Trinity Unit responsibility area. The facility will eventually employ 108+ CAL FIRE staff members that will eventually remain onsite in shifts. The crews will be Type 1 hand crews and will respond to wildland fires, construct and maintain fuel breaks, improve fire roads, and respond to any type of incident deemed necessary by CAL FIRE. The lease consists of ten buildings and storage for a total of 33,634 sf. The Facility was previously a school and has ample office space as well as a shop, gymnasium, cafeteria, storage buildings, and classrooms. As part of the lease, improvements will be made to the structures that includes converting the classrooms to firefighter barracks, improving the restrooms to accommodate staff, installation of showers, and rocking the parking areas that are not currently paved.

Contact Information

Christina Snow
Agency Name
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Job Title
Senior Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
China Gulch Drive
State Highways
Highway 273
Sacramento River

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1, Section Number 15301 Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of leasing existing structures on a developed site. Minor tenant improvements will be made within the buildings and rock will be placed on an existing disturbed grass area for additional parking. No other improvements are proposed that would remove native vegetation, trees, or impact sensitive species.


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