State Highway 16 Fuels Reduction: Capay


SCH Number
Public Agency
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Document Title
State Highway 16 Fuels Reduction: Capay
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is a narrow broadcast burn along the south side of CA-Hwy 16 in between the towns of Ca pay and Brooks to be implemented by CAL Fire Lake Napa Unit, the Capay Valley Fire Protection District and Yolo County Resource Conservation District (RCD)/Yolo Prescribed Burn Association (PBA} with support from CalTrans District 3. Yolo County RCD is the main project coordinator and will ensure implementation is consistent with burn and smoke permits and environmental review. CAL FIRE or the Capay Valley Fire Protection District will be the implementing entity to perform fuels management using low-intensity prescribed fire.

Contact Information

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


State Highways
Highway 16
Other Location Info
Post Mile 25 to Post Mile 22.5 - west of Capay

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs. Tit. 14, § 15304 - Minor Alterations to Land
Reasons for Exemption
The project site is a highly disturbed roadside within Caltrans Right of Way that primarily contains non-woody vegetation, most of which are invasive grasses and broad leaf weeds which have very little habitat value. The purpose of this broadcast burn is to create a buffer between Highway 16 and a wild land area in the hills above the highway to limit potential ignition and create a fuel buffer to protect a major transportation and evacuation corridor for the Capay Valley. The ground will be left with reduced fuel loads and reduced weed pressure and in a condition that allows vegetative regrowth to occur. The project meets the requirements of Class 4 Categorical Exemption (minor alterations to land) Section 15304. Project implementation will result in alterations to the land that are best described as minor in scope, that will not significantly impact the aesthetic of the property, or biological and/or cultural resources, and that do not involve the removal of mature, scenic trees for any purpose. No exceptions apply which would preclude the use of a "Notice of Exemption" for this project. It has been concluded that no significant adverse environmental impacts would occur to aesthetics, agriculture and forest resources, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, energy, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, mineral resources, noise, populations and housing, public services, recreation, transportation and traffic, utilities and service systems, or wildfire.
County Clerk


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