Chipper program offered for Wildfire Safety

Feb 8, 2016 9:40 PM by Linda Watkins-Bennett

The Butte County Fire Safe Council is once again offering it's free Chipper Program to help homeowners create wildfire safety clearance around their homes, and on their property.

Whether it's fallen branches, trees or overgrown brush you need to dispose of ... the program provides a wood chipping service for free to Butte County residence. It's a safer alternative to burning or hauling hazardous debris.

The Chipper Program is in it's 14th year and will run through Mid May. But residents are encouraged to get fire prevention work done now, rather than waiting for warmer, drier conditions.

The service travels to different parts of the county, and you must sign up through the Butte Fire Safe Council to take part.

To prepare brush and limbs for the work you should:

1.) Stack cut brush and limbs in a row within 5 feet of the road edge with ends facing toward the road.

2.) Rows should be stacked no more than 4 feet high.

3.) Keep mud, rocks and roots out of the rows.

4.) Locate the rows so the truck and chipper can easily access them, no off-road locations allowed.

To participate in the Chipper Program call (530) 877-0984. The Fire Safe Council is a non-profit organization. The funding for the Chipper Program is provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council.


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