Neighborhood Chipper Program

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 program is 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 volunteerins. It is funded through competitive grants and local support by San Mateo County (Measure K).

 

2022 CHIPPING DATES 

FOR SELECT NEIGHBORHOODS AND STREETS 

Alpine Rd (lower) - June 15, 2022

Butano Canyon - June 1, 2022

  • Sign up required by May 1. Please contact George Collyer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crestmoor (San Bruno) - September 12. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

El Granada - May 10-12, 2022

Select Streets:

  • El Granada Blvd, addresses between 310-700
  • Lewis Ave
  • Dolphine Ave
  • Highland Ave
  • Ave Balboa, between Almeria and Palma
  • San Juan Ave, addresses between 315-385 

Emerald Hills October 4. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Select Streets 

  • Springdale
  • Glenloch
  • partial Sylvan
  • partial Lakeview

Highlands August 15 & 16. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hillsborough - June 13, and October 4. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Select Streets - Tentative

  • Chateau St
  • Hayne St
  • Pinehill St
  • Robin Rd
  • Lookout Rd
  • Marlborough
  • Shady Ln
  • Carlton
  • Brandt Rd
  • La Salle
  • Cardigan
  • Kenilworth Rd
  • Caterbury Rd
  • Witwell
  • Knollcrest

Kings Mountain West - July 12. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

La Honda - Weekends: July 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, 2022

  • Drop off location on Entrada Way

Loma Mar/ Dearborn Park - June 15, 2022

Montara - May 9-10, 2022

Select Streets

  • Date St, at intersection of George St, going Northeast towards Franklin St
  • San Pedro Mnt Rd
  • 6th Street (turning into Harte St), between Le Conte Ave & Date St

Moss Beach - May 9-10, 2022

Select Streets

  • Lancaster Blvd, east of HWY 1
  • Vermont Ave, east of HWY 1
  • Tierra Alta St
  • Loma Vista St
  • Linda Vista St
  • Wave Ave

Palomar Park - June 7 and September 20. Please contact Denise Enea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South Skyline - Spring 2022 and Fall 2022

  • Spring sign up between March 1 - April 15. 
  • Fall sign up between September 1 - October 15. 
  • For questions please contact Ed Hayes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Select Streets

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

 

More Information

  • 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 projects within San Mateo RCD district boundary (west side of HWY 280), please visit the RCD website for more information
  • 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

GUIDELINES

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.

DO

DON’T

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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FAQ

Who does the chipping? Chipping is done by professional contractors or fire agency crews.

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

How do I get a chipping program for my community? The Chipping Program is looking for new communities for 2022 and beyond. 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.

 

CWPP

Encouraging Community Action:

Updated Santa Cruz and San Mateo Community Wildfire Protection Plan for 2018

The joint, Santa Cruz and San Mateo County Community Wildfire Protection Plan has been updated for 2018.

A Community Wildfire Protection Plan is a tool for communities to identify landscape scale hazards and take strategic action to reduce wildfire risk for healthier ecosystems and more resilient communities. The 143-page document assesses hazards and priorities within the two counties, identifies at-risk communities, and provides fuel reduction recommendations for high priority areas. The CWPP can also aid communities to apply for state and federal funding for fire prevention projects and programs.

CWPP for Santa Cruz and San Mateo originated in 2008, following the 4000-acre Summit Fire. Together, CAL FIRE, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Resource Conservation District (RCD) developed the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for 2010. The document is a result of partnership, community and agency input-resulting in a flexible document that can change overtime as conditions change or as communities need. The CWPP is not a legal document but should instead foster collaboration between communities for local action. This is a flexible tool to assist in planning, providing general guidelines to develop site-appropriate projects. Communities can utilize the CWPP as the foundation for more local CWPP’s throughout the region.

Download a copy of the pdf2018 Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Title Page 2018 CWPP update final

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