MRFSC's CURBSIDE CHIPPING PROGRAM
DUE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES AND DEBRIS CAUSED BY THE WINTER STORMS, MRFSC'S BOARD HAS APPROVED OFF-SEASON CURBSIDE CHIPPING FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2020.
The regular spring curbside chipping will start in June 2020.
If your property is in Waterman Canyon, Crestline area including CPP, VOE, etc), Running Springs, Arrowbear or Green Valley Lake and are interested in curbside chipping for February and March, PLEASE fill out the form below. If you already registered for the December/January cycle and the crews have not yet gotten to you property, PLEASE DO NOT RE-REGISTER - this will only create a duplication of efforts. If you did the December cycle and your material was chipped but you have more, you can register again.
MRFSC operates on a monthly chipping circuit. We have a DEADLINE by which you must register using the form below in order to have the curbside service for that month. If you miss the deadline for February, you will be placed on the March circuit. If you miss March's deadline you may not get chipped until JUNE! NO EXCEPTIONS!
DO NOT fill out the request for curbside chipping until your material is ready. If it is not at the curb when the contractor arrives, he will NOT return and you will have to wait for the next circuit.
WINTER DEADLINES FOR REGISTRATION:
Sunday, February 16th by 6pm and Sunday, March 8th by 6pm.
Please note - these are NOT the dates the chipping will be done - chipping will generally be completed within two weeks of the deadline, WEATHER PERMITTING!!!!
(*Other areas should visit www.FREEchipping.org for curbside services in their area.)
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MRFSC is able to offer this free service thanks to grant funding from
CAL FIRE's California Climate Investment Fire Prevention grant program.
The 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 three years.
The process for curbside chipping: 1. property owner registers by the deadline for each month's cycle. 2. The day after the deadline MRFSC provides a list of properties to the various contractors. 3. The contractors then create the most efficient "route" for their equipment. We never know where they will start or how long a cycle will take. Some people have a few branches, others have 50 ft long piles that are 3 feet high. Our contractors commit to complete their lists within two weeks. This isn't always possible depending on weather, the volume of properties and material and backlogs in abatement projects. Please be assured that MRFSC provides the list to the County and local fire departments and CAL FIRE so the property owner will not be cited for the slash piles.
Help us demonstrate the value of this free chipping service by completing the required 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!
You will be required to answer the following questions on the form below to register your request for curbside chipping.
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/lot. Example: 100 x 60 ft., or 1/4 acre, or 1.5 acres. Your best estimate is acceptable.
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.
What shall the crews do with the chips - The crews can haul the chips away, or blow the chips back on your property from the street or leave the chips in a pile so you can move them wherever you like. [SPECIAL NOTE: Winter 2020 chipping does not offer options - all chips are blown back on the property]
Program Criteria - failure to comply with the following 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. Limbs with pine needles or leaves are acceptable of course, we just cannot accept piles or bags of these items.
Property Owner Declaration
By submitting the form below, Participant declares that he/she is the owner of the property or an agent for the owner. Participant grants the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council, its contractors,inspectors and agents permission to access the property as needed for pile inspections, chipping services and monitoring. Participant acknowledges that the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council provides this service through contracts with chipping vendors. Participant agrees 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 the required 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 submission, the 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.
ALL QUESTIONS BELOW MUST BE ANSWERED FOR YOUR REQUEST TO BE CONSIDERED.
We must receive your request by 6:00pm PST on the designated Sunday deadline in order to include your property in the crew cycle immediately following the deadline date. If we do not receive your request in a timely manner, your material may not be addressed until the following month's cycle 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.
REQUEST FORM: If you are not directed to a page stating your form has been submitted, review your answers. All fields with an "*" are required to be completed for the form to be processed.
Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council