Summer 2022 - Community Chipper Days for Wildfire Mitigation

Registration is open!

Brush Creek and Ridge of Red Mountain have been selected for participation.

Brush Creek & Solar Way: August 1 (Register by July 27)

Ridge of Red Mountain & Pitkin Green: August 8 (Register by August 3)

 

Aspen Fire is running a new pilot program in 2022 that assists communities and homeowners reduce wildfire risk by providing a curb-side chipping service.  Homeowners will pile brush according to the guidelines below and the fire department will chip and haul away for FREEOur crews will be chipping and hauling your piles, rain or shine on the dates listed above.  

 

INVOLVING YOUR COMMUNITY

In order to schedule a chipping day in your area, we need assurance that there will be participation from at least 15 different community homeowners. If your subdivision/ HOA would like to participate in this program in the future, please contact ali.hager@aspenfire.com.

 

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

  1. In order to participate in this program, you must live within Ridge of Red Mountain/ Pitkin Green or Brush Creek Subdivision/ Solar Way.
  2. Participants must register their piles using the form below before July 27 (Brush Creek) or August 3 (Ridge of Red Mountain/ Pitkin Green).
  3. Participants must follow the below pile and material guidelines.

PILE GUIDELINES

  • Piles must be stacked with the cut ends facing the road (see photo)
  • Piles must be within 5 feet of the public roadway, but not touching the road, in drainage ditches or impeding any traffic
  • Maximum number of piles: 5 per property
  • Maximum pile size is 5 feet high x 5 feet deep x 7 feet long
  • Piles that are created using heavy machinery that are very difficult to pull apart to chip will be rejected
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MATERIALS GUIDELINES

Accepted materials include trees, tree branches, small diameter logs and brush (cut away from root mass). 

The following restrictions apply:

  • No logs or branches with a diameter greater than 6 inches
  • No construction, building or other man-made materials
  • No lumber, fence posts or signs
  • No roots, rootwads, stumps or anything else that grows below the soil
  • No materials that contain dirt, sand, gravel or rocks
  • No materials that contain any metal (nails, screws, fencing), string or other man-made materials
  • No herbaceous / non-woody plant material

 

WOOD CHIPS

  • All wood chips, resulting from the chipping of your pile(s) will be removed and composted at Pitkin County Landfill.

 

SUMMARY

 

  1. Pre-registration is required by the deadlines listed above. Register your piles using the form below.  
  2. Follow the guidelines above. Piles that do not follow the guidelines for both piles and materials will not be accepted. 
  3. Chipping services will be performed by Aspen Arborists. If you need additional help with fire mitigation on your property to prepare your stacks, Aspen Arborists can be reached at 970.309.1261 or aspenarborist@gmail.com. (Please note, any additional work beyond chipping & hauling will not be financially covered by Aspen Fire)

Please encourage your neighbors to register for the chipping program to ensure its success.  

If you have any questions please email ali.hager@aspenfire.com

REGISTRATION FORM

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Thank you to the IAFC and Ready, Set, GO! for the grant funds to make this program possible!