East Dunne Escape Route


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Document Title
East Dunne Escape Route
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Santa Clara Unit is proposing fuel reduction treatments along a 9-mile stretch of East Dunne Avenue in Santa Clara County, California. This project proposes additional fuel reduction treatments that would augment existing mowing work by Santa Clara County in the road right-of-way. Project work would consist of mowing, chipping, cutting with a chainsaw, and weed whacking. Chipped material depth would not exceed 3 to 6 inches. Upon each entry for necessary maintenance, hand crews would utilize chainsaws and/or other various mechanized hand tools to remove selected trees 6” in diameter and under, understory vegetation, dead or downed material, and hazard trees, and prune trees and woody vegetation. Mowing and chipping treatments would operate only from existing roads and turnouts and shall not operate in areas identified for protection. The treatment activities will improve safety, visibility, and reduce potential ignition sources along the road. Where landowner permission is obtained, treatment may occur up to 30 feet from the edge of the road or road turnouts. Project implementation will serve to enhance fire resiliency by reducing ladder fuels, creating shaded fuel breaks, and improving escape routes. Additionally, reducing competition in the understory and treating hazard trees where feasible will create a healthier and more vigorous forest in these locations increasing forest resiliency and preparing these areas for future changing climate conditions.

Contact Information

Edgar Orre
Agency Name
Job Title
Forester II
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara
Northern California
Cross Streets
E. Dunne Avenue
Total Acres
8s, 9s
3e, 4e
Other Location Info
Along E. Dunne Avenue from Holiday Drive to Henry Coe State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 4/15304 Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
Field review by CAL FIRE staff confirmed that no exceptions apply that would preclude the use of a notice of exemption for this project. The Department has concluded that no significant environmental impact would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forestland/timberland, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use planning, mineral resources, noise, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation/ traffic, utilities and service systems, or to wildfire.


Notice of Exemption

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