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, and preserve the ecological integrity of the property when a wildfire ignites. There are multiple burn sites on this property. One site is located on the ridgetop above a steep and densely vegetated river canyon where a CAL FIRE shaded fuel break was implemented in 2018. The burns will be small in size and low in complexity. They will be conducted in a manner that does not release large amounts of smoke. The burn plan will identify hazard mitigation tactics and ensure the conservation of ecological 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. Other proposed units are located on flat terrain directly adjacent to structures and paved roads. 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. Containment lines may include water bars if built on steep slopes to prevent sediment deposition or erosion.