If you haven’t cleared your yard of fire hazards (dried weeds, branches, ect.) you’d better get that rake out NOW and start because fire season is here already. With California’s lack of rainfall and snow this past winter and spring it is especially important that homeowners and renters make sure their properties are as “bare of fuels” as possible.
Thanks to Laura Dyberg of the Mountain Rim fire Safe Council she passes along the following information:
- Clear brush and small trees on your property. With that in mind, thanks to funding from Cal Fire’s State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund the Mountain Rim Fires Safe Council will provide curbside “chipping” this month.
- The target weekend for Green Valley Lake, Running Springs and Arrowbear will be August 15 and 16. The target weekend for Crestline is August 22 and 23.
- The purpose of Chipper Days is to help residents and property owners to reduce fire hazards such as slash and ladder fuels (branches, ect.) The “biomass” will be chipped for environmentally friendly disposal. “Ladder fuels” are those dry grasses, branches, ect. that can start a fire and then it soon goes into higher trees and plants and becomes a much more difficult fire.
To participate, complete the defensible space work on your property (or hire someone to do it for you) no later than the Sunday of the target weekend in your area. Stack the material to be chipped on the edge of your property along a road or driveway or on a an area which will allow the chipping crew to work alongside the pile safely. For more information go to the Mountain Rim Firesafe Council’s website at http://www.MountainRimFSC.org to make an online curbside chipping request no later than 6 p.m. on the Sunday of the target weekend. If you do not have a computer you can call (866) 923-3473 and leave a message and a volunteer staff member will return your call within 24 hours.
What can be accepted for disposal? The following types of slash can be accepted: clean brush and tree trunks or branches with diameters of eight inches or less. The following types of materials cannot be accepted: rootballs, grass, leaves, loose bark, pine needles or other yard waste as well as bagged material, painted or preserved wood, trash, materials containing rocks, dirt, metal, nails, screws, fasteners, wire or twine. Absolutely no materials from construction sites can be accepted for this program.
For more information visit the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council at: http://www.facebook.com/MountainrimFSC. At this site you can get information on future chipping dates, both drop-off and curbside service, coming to your area.