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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 and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.

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2020 Summer Chipper Program Dates

May 2nd, 2020 | Moorpark | 8am-2pm

Curb-side event location Hitch Rd

May 23rd, 2020 | Fillmore | 8am-2pm

Event TBD

TBD | Santa Paula | 9am-2pm

Event TBD

May 16th, 2020 | Ventura | 8am-2pm

Drop off event location TBD

June 27th, 2020| Somis | 8am-2pm

Event TBD

September 21, 2019 | Piru | 9am-2pm

Curbside event TBD

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.

Curbside Service

Residents are asked to pile yard waste in a location easily accessible by the chipper.
Please choose your city for dates, times and registration form:

Dropoff Service

Simply drop off eligible yard waste at the location designated.

Please choose your city for dates, times and sign-up:

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.

Federal Laws: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.