2019 Countywide Chipping Schedule
Area Manager for additional information
|Community||Application Due Dates||Project Type|
|Lexington Hills Areas|
|Hutchinson/Summit west of Hwy 17||April 14||At Home|
|Summit Rd/Melody Ln/Mtn. Charlie Rd||April 14||At Home|
|Redwood Estates (Day 1)||April 27||Drive-Up|
|Redwood Lodge/Summit Woods||April 28||At Home|
|Montevina Rd/ Brush Rd/Hillside Dr||April 28||At Home|
|Beardsley/Black/Thompson/Gist Rds||May 5||At Home|
|Highland/Longridge/Stetson Rds||May 5||At Home|
|Aldercroft Heights/Lupin Lodge/Soda Springs||May 12||At Home|
|Los Gatos below the dam||May 12||At Home|
|Redwood Estates (Day 2)||May 18||Drive-up|
|Bear Creek Rd/Bear Creek Stables||May 19||At Home|
|Summit Road near the school/Villa del Monte||May 19||At Home|
|Oakmont/Wright Dr/OSCH/Gillette/Call of the Wild
||June 2||At Home|
|Loma Chiquita/top of Casa Loma||June 2||At Home|
|Loma Prieta School||June 15||Drive-up|
|West Valley Areas|
|Saratoga/Cupertino/Los Gatos Foothills||May 12||At Home|
|North County Areas|
|Palo Alto||June 2||At Home|
|San Jose Areas|
|Alum Rock/Felter Rd/East Foothills||May 26||At Home|
|New Almaden||June 8||At Home|
|Morgan Hill and Gilroy Areas|
|Croy/Casa Loma||May 19||At Home|
|Sycamore and Watsonville Rd||May 19||At Home|
|Oak Glen and Llagas||May 26||At Home|
|West Oak Glen and Willow Springs||May 26||At Home|
|El Matador and Whitehurst||June 2||At Home|
|Day Road||June 2||At Home|
|Gilroy East||June 9||At Home|
|Jackson Oaks||June 9||At Home|
Drive-up: Bring cut fuel to a specific location and chipping is done on the spot.
At Home: Chipping is done house to house. Participants must submit chipping application 1 week prior to end date.
Please follow the SCFSC checklist on the Chipping Application when preparing your piles.
Do not add additional material to piles after the application due date.
Even with average rainfall this last winter, the last two wildfire seasons have been California's worst in recent years. The fire danger has significantly increased in our mountain communities. It is the time of year to prepare for wildfire season and create 100’ of Defensible Space around your home. Not only does this help protect your home in the case of a wildland fire, it also helps protect our community as a whole.
The FireSafe Council is offering free chipping again this spring. In February's issue of MNN, there is a description of our free chipping and a chipping application. The chipping is free and follows our regular chipping program requirements:
¨ Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location.
¨ Piles must be located on the uphill side of the road or driveway.
¨ Piles must be within 5 feet of the chipper location and less than 4 feet in height.
¨ Limbs must be less than 8 inches in diameter.
¨ Piles must be hand stacked and free of all roots, stumps, rocks and mud.
¨ Piles must be free of poison oak, Scotch broom after it seeds, blackberry and vines.
¨ SCFSC contractor cannot chip piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings.
¨ Piles must be free of all non-vegetative materials (trash, metal, wire, etc).
¨ SCFSC cannot chip timber harvest debris or material from orchards or vacant lot
¨ Piles need to be complete by the application due date
¨ Be aware that using power tools near dry vegetation can ignite a fire. Have water nearby.
We won’t be able to accept late applications.
Please include your phone number and/or email address so that we can notify you of the date that chipping will occur on your property.
We’d also like to remind you to consider other fireSafe steps including cleaning out your gutters, sweeping debris off your decks and underneath stairs, making at least 10’ of clearance around your propane tank and keeping trees at least 10’ up off your roof and sides of your house or structure.
We Appreciate Your Support
Much of the FireSafe Council's work this year in the Santa Cruz Mountain area is being funded by local contributions. In the past, we have received funding from Federal Grants. This funding is not guaranteed and we must re-apply for it every year. Our funding comes from homeowners, homeowner associations, large land owners and local government agencies.
Over the last eight years our programs have grown from helping a few dozen homeowners to helping several hundred. With several years of very dry weather and a dramatic increase in wildfires both locally and statewide, it is more important than ever for each of us to make sure we have Defensible Space around our homes before the next wildfire. We expect the demand for our programs to continue growing. We need your ongoing support. The suggested donation is $25 to $100 depending on the amount of chipping that needs to be done. Larger donations are gratefully appreciated and go toward making all of our community safer.