Summer 2022 - Community Chipper Days

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 FREE

Brush Creek & Solar Way (Aug 1) and Ridge of Red Mountain (Aug 8) have been selected for participation.

Our crews will be chipping and hauling your piles, rain or shine, on the dates listed above.  The Community Chipping Program is a FREE service to participating communities and residents within the selected Aspen Fire Protection District area.

 

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, Brush Creek Subdivision, or Solar Way.
  2. Participants must pre-register their piles and abide by the pile 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.

 

Registration

  • Pre-registration is required for all homes. Registration info will be sent out by mid-July, once your HOA's pick up date is confirmed.
  • UNREGISTERED PILES WILL NOT BE PICKED UP.
  • Please help involve your neighbors to ensure this program's success & continuation in future years.
  • If you have any questions please email ali.hager@aspenfire.com