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Chip Away for Fire Safety

Funding provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council.

The Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council has received grant funds to provide chipping services for neighborhoods and individual homeowners in Central Ventura County who are willing to work to make their property fire safe.

We are currently in the planning stages for 2018 and will publish the schedule on this site as soon as it is finalized.  2018 chipping locations are in the Cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and Fillmore and in the community of Piru.  Once the 2018 schedule is finalized, you will be able to submit your request online on this page.  Below is some helpful information to assist you in preparing for this free chipper service.

Please read the instructions below before submitting your “Request for Chipping”.

Please complete all of your work before submitting a request. Valuable chipping time and grant money is wasted responding to requests when the material is not ready. If your work is not complete when the chipper arrives it may be some time before it can return.

  • Create defensible space by clearing brush 30′-100′ from buildings and 20′ from roads. Please refer to the CAL FIRE pamphlet (click here to download a copy) for further guidance on creating defensible space. We encourage participants in the program to 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, road or street.  Preferably pile brush on the uphill side. Do not place piles along busy, heavily traveled roadway, where signage or additional crew would be required by County or State Code for safety.  Also, when placing the brush piles place it in an area that will be out of your way and in a location where there is access for the equipment to turn around. Refer to the picture for an example of the equipment.

Keep all piles free of rocks, dirt, wire, lumber, spiny plants and poison oak. The chipper cannot chip palm fronds, succulents,  pine needles or leaves.

  • Pile size limited to one ton. Pile dimensions no larger than 15′ by 15′ by 4′ high.
  • 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 illustration 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.

 

Your piles should look like the one in the picture (right). Improperly stacked or located piles may not be chipped (contractors option).
The time you spend cutting and stacking material for chipping is used for an “in-kind match”. Meeting match requirements for this grant will help us to obtain future funding to continue this program. Please be as accurate as possible in reporting your time.
  • You will receive an email or phone call confirming the date and approximate time your pile will be chipped. However, please be aware that it may be necessary to reschedule your chipping date due to unforeseen circumstances.  You will be notified by email or phone if that is the case.
  • You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled for chipping.  Please remember that this is a free service provided with grant funding administered by the Central Ventura County Fire Safe Council.
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Promote Fire Safety and Awareness

Promote fire safety and awareness to local residents and landowners with educational tools such as brochures, flyers, and safety demonstrations

Ranch Plans

Ranch plans containing information for fire personnel including maps depicting water sources, safety zones, and evacuation routes for ranch personnel and domestic animals

Vegetation management and neighborhood fuel reduction programs

The CVCFSC is proud to have a history of offering free Chipper Days throughout Ventura County thanks in part to grant funding.  The Chip Away for Fire Safety Program is currently underway with funding provide by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council.  It is anticipated that the chipper day calendar will be available in September 2017 with Chipper Days to start in 2018.   For more information please email Project Manager Charlotte Crocker at charlotte@cvcfiresafe.org