How the Chipper Program works:
Do you have fallen branches, overgrown brush and other vegetation that needs chipping? The Chipper Program is once again offering service to residents who are working on their wildfire safety clearance. The program provides an alternative to burning or hauling fire hazardous brush.
The Chipper program is in its fourteenth year and anticipates offering service this season until May 15th but don’t wait to get your fire prevention work done!
Funding provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
To ensure that your piles are chipped:
- Build neat piles with all cut ends facing toward the street
- Build piles in areas that can be easily accessed with a truck
- Locate piles on level ground, or on the uphill side of the road, outside of drainages
- Make sure that your piles contain no rocks, metal, mud, poison oak, scotch broom, vines, blackberries, or building materials
- Include only materials that are less than 10 feet in length
- "Loose" piles are preferable to tightly packed material.
- Be respectful of the contractors' time
Our program is NOT able to chip:
- Roots or decaying wood
- Pine cones, pine needles, leaves, or yard clippings
- Piles that are over 4 feet high or built over standing vegetation
- Large diameter materials that will not fit through the chipper opening - please cut material that cannot be easily compacted so that it is no wider than 8"
- Short pieces that will endanger the chipper operator
- Piles constructed with mechanical assistance (i.e. with a tractor)