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Neighborhood Chipper Program

Chipping Crews

The Neighborhood Chipper Program is based on a “you cut, we chip” model. Residents are responsible for cutting, gathering and piling vegetation from around their homes to a roadside or dop-off location. We will provide chipping crews who visit neighborhood-by-neighborhood to chip vegetation either back on site or for removal. Chips will be hauled off at no cost. The programis designed to assist homeowners/residents in maintaining defensible space.

The program is a collaborative effort between Fire Safe San Mateo County, Woodside Fire Protection District, CAL FIRE, San Mateo Resource Conservation District, South Skyline Fire Safe Council, volunteer fire departments and dedicated community volunteers. It is funded through compeitive grants and local support by San Mateo County (Measure K).




Alpine Rd (lower) - 6/14

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Butano Canyon - 6/1

Butano Canyon 2021 Flyer

All Streets

Crestmoor (San Bruno) - 7/12

Devonshire - 8/16   

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Select Streets

  • Barbara Lane
  • Dolton Ave.
  • Winding Way
  • Gaslight Lane
  • Chesham Ave.
  • Dover Court
  • Winding Way
  • Windsor 203-313
  • Windsor Ct.

El Granada - 5/18-20

El Granada Flyer 2021

Select Streets

  • 400-700 El Granada Blvd
  • Lewis Ave
  • Dolphine Ave
  • Highland Ave
  • Del Monte Ave
  • 600-620 Ave Portola
  • Dolores St
  • 555-315 San Juan 

Highlands - 8/3-4

Hillsborough - 6/7, 9/20 

Hillsborough Chipper 2021 Flyer

Select Streets - June 7

  • Chateau St
  • Hayne St
  • Pinehill St
  • Robin Rd

Select Streets - September 20

  • Lookout Rd
  • Marlborough
  • Avondale
  • Shady Ln
  • Carlton
  • Brandt Rd
  • La Salle
  • Cardigan
  • Kenilworth Rd
  • Canterbury Rd
  • Whitwell
  • Knollcrest

Kings Mountain West - 7/13

Select Streets

  • 11200-13130 Skyline Blvd; Misty Ridge Rd, and Quail Ct
  • 13186-13424 Skyline Blvd; Forest View, Harkins, Comstock and Purisima Rd
  • 13438-13700 Skyline Blvd; Ware Rd, Old Ranch, Big Pine Rd, Forest Rd, Megans Ln, and Redwood Terrace
  • 13704-13890 Skyline Blvd; Henrik Ibsen Rd (275 Old Ranch Rd is in this block)
  • 13896-14040 Skyline Blvd and all of Redwood Park (main neighborhood across from the Kings Mtn Fire Station)
  • 14355 Skyline Blvd-14865 Skyline Blvd; >1940 Kings Mtn Rd, Blue Jay Way, Laughing Cow, Tunitas Cr Rd (489, 46, 1089, 1255, 1274),  Star Hill Rd, Swett Rd, Native Sons Rd (outside of NSGW Property), Durham Rd, and Sierra Morena
  • 15600-16301 Skyline Blvd; Bear Gulch West (Skyline to 2200), Allen Rd, and Mountain Meadow

La Honda - 7/10-11, 7/17-18, 7/24-25, & 7/31-8/1 

  • Drop off location on Entrada Way

Loma Mar/ Dearborn Park - 6/14

Loma Mar Flyer 2021

Sign up by May 14 with Monica Ventrice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Montara - 5/17

Moss Beach Montara 2021 Flyer

Select Streets

  • Drake Street
  • Date St
  • Elm St
  • Hawthorne St
  • Howells St
  • Crescent St

Moss Beach - 5/17

Moss Beach Montara 2021 Flyer

Select Streets

  • 601-775 Lancaster Blvd
  • Vue de Mar Ave
  • 600-874 Vermont Ave
  • Buena Vista St

North East Emerald Hills- Date TBD

Select Streets

  • Lake Blvd.
  • Lake Court
  • Oak Knoll Drive 3315-3644
  • Lake View 267-324
  • Live Oak 506-545
  • Cordilleras

Palomar Park - 6/8 & 9/21

Palomar Park Chipper 2021 Flyer

San Juan Canyon (Belmont) - 4/27-28

South Skyline - 4/26 & 10/15

Select Streets

  • Middleton
  • Upper Alpine Rd
  • Hwy 35 (South)

Weekend Acres (Menlo Park) - 6/15

Weekend Acres Chipper 2021 Flyer

Neighborhoods are chosen based on a risk-asset model for communities in unincorporated areas. New neighborhoods may be added as funding becomes available. 

  • For communities within Woodside Fire District (Woodside, Vista Verde, Portola Valley, Emerald Hills, Skyline) visit the Woodside Fire District website for information on treatment schedules.
  • South Skyline communities-  visit South Skyline Fire Safe Council’s website for more information on their Chipping Program
  • For more information on the La Honda drop-off chipping event visit the La Honda Fire Brigade website

 Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (650) 712-7765 x126


To keep the program running smoothly and safely, there a few easy tips for homeowners participating in this program. Not adhering to the guidelines may result in your pile not being chipped.

Removing Vegetation: Give yourself a few weekends to do vegetation maintenance around your yard.
Piling Vegetation: Homeowners are required to pile vegetation in a pile that does not exceed10 ft wide, 10 ft long and 5 ft tall.
Chipping Schedule: Chipping is scheduled for communities for spring, summer and fall. See above for details on when the chipper visits your neighborhood. Make sure to give yourself enough time to cut and pile your vegetation.



Create defensible space to about 100 feet from structures & 30 feet from access roads.

Piles cannot include roots, stumps, rocks and mud.

Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location.

Piles cannot include poison oak, Scotch or French broom after it seeds, blackberry and vines.

Piles must be easily accessible from a private road, driveway, or lane with good access. 

Piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings cannot be chipped

Piles must be within 8 feet of the road and 5 feet or less in height and about 10 feet long (10x10x5 maximum)

Piles must be free of all non-vegetative materials (trash, metal, wire, etc).

Material to be chipped must be less than 8 inches in diameter. 

This program will not chip for: timber harvest projects, tree farms, new construction or vacant lots.

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Who does the chipping? Chipping is done by professional contractors or CAL FIRE crews.

How do I get a chipping program for my community? The Chipping Program is looking for new communities for 2022. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for advice on how you can develop a chipping program for your community. Funding for chipping programs is generally reserved for high priority, fire risk communities.


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