Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council




NEW!  Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council's recent grant for curbside chipping was selected for funding under CAL FIRE's California Climate Investment Fire Prevention grant program. The documentation process will take several weeks, but we hope to have everything in place for a successful 2019 chipping season. Please contact us through the CONTACT page to get on the list for chipper day notification (if you aren't already). 

Due to the overwhelming response for 2017 and 2018, our 2018 grant funds are now completely expended.  This is wonderful, in terms of the reduction of fuel in our communities, but means we are at the end for chipping services for this year.  MRFSC has applied for two new grants for 2019 & beyond. We will let you know if MRFSC is fortunate enough to receive new funding.

Have you completed your trimming and have no way to dispose of the slash or just don't want to drive all the way to the dump and wait in line? 

Schedule a curbside pick up service and MRFSC will see that it is chipped and removed - at NO CHARGE!

For the Crestline & Green Valley Lake & Waterman Canyon (zip codes 92325, 92322, 92341 and 92404)
 CLOSED for 2018.

For the Running Springs area & Arrowbear Lake (92382) target date is:   CLOSED for 2018

For 2018, in partnership with the Arrowhead Communities Fire Safe Council, MRFSC will offer curbside chipping

for the Lake Arrowhead area(zip codes 92317, 92321, 92352, 92378, 92385, 92391) target date isCLOSED for 2018

Requests must be received by 7pm on the Sunday of the target weekend.  MATERIAL MUST BE AT THE CURB BY SUNDAY EVENING!!!

 Chipping may start as early as Monday morning. IF YOUR MATERIAL IS NOT READY WHEN THE CHIPPER CREWS COME BY, YOUR PROPERTY WILL BE SKIPPED. THERE IS NO EXTENSION FOR GETTING THE PILES READY. Delays may occur due to weather or high volume of requests.




Funding for the chipping program is provided by the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council thanks to a grant from CAL FIRE’s STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA FIRE PREVENTION FUND FIRE PREVENTION GRANT PROGRAM. This following information is critical for our grant funding, to demonstrate the homeowner and community’s efforts in creating defensible space. The term of this grant is two years.

Help us demonstrate the value of this free chipping service by completing this chipping request form which provides us with documentation of community support creating defensible space. The outcomes and success of this grant will be important considerations in our applications for future grants.

Thank you for doing your part in making our communities more FIRE SAFE!


Please answer all questions on the form below.

Date Defensible Space was Completed - this would be the last day worked on your property to create the material you want chipped. If you fill out this form while you are still working on your property, please enter your best estimate.

Defensible Space Hours - refers to the number of hours spent creating defensible space. These hours include not only the time spent creating the piles to be chipped, but also the removal of pine needles and leaves, removing or modifying shrubs, cutting wild grasses and weeds to 4 (four) inches and so on.  If more than one person worked, please include all hours. Example: if two people worked for four hours that would be a total of EIGHT (8) hours, not four. If you paid someone to do all or part of the work, do not include their hours, their time will be covered under a different question.  Your best estimate is fine.

Size of Property -  This is the total size of your property. Example: 100 x 60 ft., or 1/4 acre, or 1.5 acres. Your best estimate is acceptable. PLEASE NOTE: SINGLE PARCELS OVER 5 ACRES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.  CONTACT US FOR MORE OPTIONS IF YOUR PROPERTY IS GREATER THAN 5 ACRES!!!
Did You Do the Work Yourself - this is  to track the property owner's participation in creating defensible space, and the time is used for "in-kind" volunteer hours to match the dollars received in the grant. This can be you, friends, family, neighbors, etc. It is fine if you didn't personally do the work and hired someone else to trim, cut and stack for you. The amount you paid them is also considered "in-kind" and is answered in the next question.

If You Hired  Someone Else for All or Part of the Work, How Much Did You Pay - enter the total amount paid, round to whole dollars.

Chip Disposition - indicate if you prefer to have the chips blown back on your property [they make excellent for erosion control and are NOT a fire hazard], or if you would like them left in a pile so you can choose where to spread them; OR if you want them hauled away. Note: If you want them blown on you property, the spread will be limited to the range of the chipper from the street.

Program Criteria - failure to comply with this criteria may result in your material not being chipped.

 - Material to be chipped must be on the property stacked along a road/driveway or an area allowing the chipping crew to work alongside the pile safely. PLEASE STACK THE LIMBS, BRANCHES AND TREES with all the cut ends the same way, preferably facing the street.  This significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to chip at each property.

 - NO root balls, limbs or tree trunks larger than 8" in diameter, construction lumber, bagged material, pine needles, weeds, leaves, pine cones or loose bark, painted or preserved wood, trash, material containing rocks, dirt, metal, nails, screws, fasteners, wire or twine will be accepted.

Participant declares that he/she is the owner of the property or is his/her agent. Participant grants the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, its contractors, bidders and agents permission to enter the property only for safety inspections and pile inspections, chipping services and monitoring. Participants acknowledge that the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council provides this service through contracts with chipping vendors. Participants agree to waive and release the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council and its employees, Boards, contractors, volunteers, officers, agents, from all liability arising from participation in this program.

The information provided on this form is used solely for purposes of this grant. Participant acknowledges that the information provided is true and accurate to the best of his/her knowledge. Participant's personal contact information will not be shared beyond the scope of this grant and will not be used for advertising.

Upon completion and submittal, this form will serve as your official request for Curbside Chipping Service. You will receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours and an estimated window for when service should occur.


We must receive your request by 7:00pm PST on the Sunday of the chipping weekend noted in order to include your property in the crew cycle immediately following the target dates. If we do not receive your request in a timely manner, your material may not be addressed until a future chipping date and you may be subject to citation under County ordinances.

Please contact us via the Contact Page or by call 866-923-FIRE (3473) if you have any questions, or if you would prefer not to use the online form. 

 CURBSIDE CHIPPING REQUEST FORM. Once completed, click submit; the form will disappear and a sentence will show that thanks you for your submission. Your information will be immediately forwarded to MRFSC. MRFSC's volunteer staff will send a confirmation email within 48 hours - if you do not receive an email confirmation contact us! NOTE: We have had reports from some people that the form will not accept their entry (generally iPADs and MACs). If you have trouble with the form below,  email us at and we will assist you in submitting your request.