Protecting the Alpine Community from Wildfire while Preserving our Environment through Education, Land Stewardship, and Vegetation Management
  • Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council's Free Chipping Program

Schedule

  • Our schedule and registration process is available on our home page

Program Rules

             YOU MUST REGISTER ON LINE AT LEAST 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE EACH TIME YOU USE THE SERVICE
              
              Your piles must be fully staged 5 days before the chipping event (and for safety no sooner than 15 days before the
              event) in order that the field documentation required by our granting agency can be completed before chipping 
              begins

      All materials must originate from the property at which chipping will take place and from within 100 feet of the home  

  • You must be a resident of the Greater Alpine community as outlined on our zone map.
  • You may pay someone to create your defensible space, but you personally must register with GAFSC for chipping.
  • Limb diameter is restricted to 8 inches.
  • No mud, rocks, construction debris or trash may be present in material.
  • No bagged or bundled material, loose bark,  leaf litter, succulent, thorny, poisonous or fibrous material like palm fronds or bamboo can be chipped.
  • Crews cannot chip stumps or any other root materials.  We also ask homeowners to avoid contaminating their piles with dirt or stones.
  • You are responsible for hauling your material to the chipping site and your piles must be within 5 feet of chipper access.
  • Multiple piles or loads are permitted but should not exceed 4 feet in height.
  • Stack materials as shown below with the cut ends facing the roadside or chipper-accessible private driveway. Dumped piles or any staged for burning will not be chipped.
  • Contractors used by the GAFSC will abide by the Project Activity Levels set daily for San Diego County and also will only work when deemed safe and effective to use mechanical equipment.
  • Chips will be left on your property for your use.
  • You do not have to be home for curbside service.