Shasta County Wildfire Mitigation- Pilot Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
Western Shasta Resource Conservation District
Document Title
Shasta County Wildfire Mitigation- Pilot Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This project is part of a pilot program being launched by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CAL FIRE in order to increase public safety by creating a community hardening approach to wildfire. Project work will consist of home hardening construction retrofits and manual/mechanical defensible space fuels reduction treatments on up to 500 residential properties. Work will occur on forested properties in the pre-selected communities of Whitmore, Oak Run, and Lakehead in Shasta County. Home hardening retrofits will upgrade vulnerable home components like vents, windows, skirting, etc. to Chapter 7A compliant materials to meet minimum quality standards for homes located in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). Defensible space work will include, but is not limited to: ladder fuel reduction, brush removal, hazard tree removal, fine fuels removal, leaf litter clean up, removal of all landscaping and vegetation within 0-5’ of participating homes. Treatments will be implemented by use of qualified construction and defensible space contractors using handheld equipment or machinery like chainsaws, chippers, masticators, and large tree removal equipment when necessary. The project aims to benefit mostly low-income, socially vulnerable rural property owners living in the WUI and very high fire hazard severity zones.

Contact Information

Sarah Seiler
Agency Name
Western Shasta RCD
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Whitmore, Oak Run, Lakehead
State Highways
I-5, 299
Whitmore Elementary, Oak Run Elementary,
Sacramento River, Cow Creek, Clover Creek
Other Location Info
This project takes place in the communities of Whitmore (96096), Oak Run (96069), and Lakehead (96051).

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4, California Code of Regulations, (i) Fuel Management Activities
Reasons for Exemption
This project involves minor alterations to the condition of land, water, and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees except for forestry and agricultural purposes. This exemption shall apply to fuel management activities within 100 feet of a structure if the public agency having fire protection responsibility for the area has determined that 100 feet of fuel clearance is required due to extra hazardous fire conditions.
County Clerk


Notice of Exemption

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