Butte County, Calif.-- Rather than hauling away or burning hazardous brush and branches from your property, you may want to take advantage of a free service.
It's called the "Chipper" program and it's free for Butte County residents.
The Butte County Fire Safe Council's received enough grant money to get it going once again and there's no limit this year on how much brush and other flammable debris you can stack up.
They don't haul it off, though; instead, you'll be left with a nice pile of mulch to use in your garden.
"When a flame is waist high or lower firefighters can use tool to manage that efficiently and when flames climb shrubs to the canopy, we're talking aircraft and helicopters," said Cali-Jane Deanda, director of the BCFSC.
You can help out by stacking cut brush and limbs in a row within 5 feet of the road edge with the ends facing towards the road.
Rows should be stacked no more that 4 feet high and in a spot easily accessible by the truck and chipper.
They'll be making the rounds throughout the communities in the county beginning now through February, call (530) 877-0984 to sign up for the program.