Fire Safe Council offers chipping programs, in need of donations |

Fire Safe Council offers chipping programs, in need of donations

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The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will chip any brush that is cleared from defensible space of any permanent structure 30 feet from any roadside or driveway used for evacuation purposes, according to a news release.

Any vegetation that grows past such limitations is beyond the boundaries of what can be chipped. Grant funding is very limited for the chipping program, requiring community support to keep the program functional. The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County relies on a suggested donation of $75 per hour from chipping customers, membership dues and generous donations of local businesses and Nevada County residents to keep the program running.

To use the chipping program, create the piles to be chipped, download the Defensible Space Chipping Application and leave name, mailing address and phone number, and the application will be mailed. After the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County receives the chipping application, it will be entered on the appropriate neighborhood route.

Chipping is completed on a six- to eight-week rotation throughout all the different neighborhoods, the release states. The time it takes to complete piles and submit the application will determine how long it will take before the chipper arrives. Sustaining members of the Fire Safe Council generally receive chipping service within two weeks. Priority chipping questions can also be reached on the website at

Items excluded from the chipping process include solid piles of leaves, pine needles, yard clippings, decaying wood, scotch broom and timber harvest projects.

Such materials can be disposed of through "Green Waste Pick-Up" by Waste Management, which can be contacted at 530-274-3090.

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Chipping piles need to be stacked along a road or driveway frontages, which will allow the crew to work from the road or driveway.

Piles must be placed within 5 feet of chipper access, must be placed on the uphill side of road or driveway, must be free of roots/stumps, rocks and mud, poison oak, scotch broom, blackberries and other vines; and must be stacked with the cut ends facing the same direction, pointing towards access route to piles.

All material chipped will be blown back onto the property or put in a pile where the brush was originally.

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will provide service on a first-come, first–served basis.

For any questions or concerns, the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County can be reached at 530-272-1122.

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