Applications are not being accepted at this
time. Please check this site for updates.
As you know the Government shutdown ended some time ago. However, we have yet to receive the
past due payment for the grant that funds the chipping program. We have been assured that the payment will be sent out "soon". However, this payment must pass through
several government agencies; i.e. the Department of Agriculture, U S Forest Service and then through the CFSC Grants Clearinghouse and they are all working off a backlog
because of the shutdown. We regret that we have been unable to resume the chipping program and assure you that we will start accepting applications for chipping as soon
as we receive the funds. Please continue to check for updates. We thank you for your patience.
The EDCFSC has received grant funds to provide chipping for neighborhoods willing
to work together to be fire safe. All you need to do is complete the items below:
||Create defensible space by clearing
brush 30'-100' from buildings and 20' from roads. Please refer to the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection pamphlet enclosed for further guidance
on creating defensible space. We encourage participants in the program to have
a residence on the property. Scheduling priority will be given to those who
have a residence on the property.
||Place brush piles so the chipping machine and crew can have
access. The piles need to be adjacent to a driveway or street. Preferably pile
brush on the uphill side. Do not place piles along busy, heavily traveled roadway, where
signage or addition crew would be required by County or State Code for safety. This is not covered under the Fire
Safe Council's contract. Also, when placing the brush piles place it in an area
that will be out of your way and in a location that there is access for the
equipment to turn around. Refer to the picture for an example of the equipment.
||Recently removed vegetation will chip better than old dried out
branches and shrubs.
||It is easier and more efficient to chip the piles if they are
wider and spread out rather than taller. All the cut ends need to be facing the
same direction. Please follow the diagram below for additional instruction on
preparing your piles.
||The chipper can handle material up to 7" in diameter
(no root balls). The equipment does not chip individual branches that are small
(rakings) or old-decayed wood well.
Chipping: Your Piles must look like the Picture Below or it will
not be chipped:
||Keep all piles free of rocks, dirt, wire,
lumber, spiny plants, poison oak, and blackberries. The chipper can not
chip piles of pine needles or leaves. You can dispose of this material in
green waste dumpsters.
Please refer to the Green Waste Disposal page for a list of Green waste dumpster locations or for
more information go to:
||The FSC requires the "Request for Chipping"
form be completed
and signed before chipping is done on your property. Please mail your form once
your piles are ready for chipping. Currently, it takes approximately 2-weeks
from the time we receive the form to the date you are assigned for chipping.
The fire safe council does not operate equipment on RED FLAG warning/watch days
as determined by the National Weather Service. If you are scheduled for chipping on
a day that is a red flag warning/watch day you will be rescheduled.
||Pre-inspections are available upon request.
||You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled
for chipping. The EDCFSC will provide a maximum of 1-day chipping services
per residence per year.
Please do not submit your request until your piles are prepared for chipping.
Once you have completed the requirements listed above,
fill out and submit the "Request for Chipping" form.
Applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check this site for updates.
If you have questions, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once your form has been received,
you will be contacted and scheduled for chipping