Working Together to Reduce Wildfire Risk Around Our Communities
CHIPPING SCHEDULE: Crews will start chipping on the Monday of your neighborhood’s scheduled week. To participate in the program, all material needs to be in place by 8:00 am Monday morning. The identified schedule must be followed so all participants can be included in the program.
Santa Barbara County 2024 Schedule:
- April 1st- Paradise Road
- April 8th-Trout Club
- April 15th-Rosario Park, East Camino Cielo
- April 22nd-West Camino Cielo, San Marcos Pass, Painted Cave
- April 29th-Old San Marcos/Twin Ridge
- May 6th-Fairview Foothills
- May 13th-San Marcos Foothills 1
- May 20th-San Marcos Foothills 2
- May 28th-Mission Canyon Road-Week 1(Mission Canyon Road West and neighborhoods North of Foothill Road. See above map for details)
- June 3rd-Mission Canyon Road-Week 2, La Cumbre (Mission Canyon Road East and neighborhoods South of Foothill Road. See above map for details)
- June 3rd-La Cumbre
- June 17th-San Roque
- June 24th-Rancho Embarcadero
- July 1st-Farren Road/El Capitan
Hollister Ranch 2024 Schedule:
- May 14th –18th-Agua Caliente ,La Alta, Alegria
- May 21th – 25th-Del Norte – Serrano, Cuarta – Sacate, Coyote
- May 28th–June 1st-Santa Anita, Agua – Segundo – Del Norte , Long Canyon
- June 4th – 8th-Panochas – Segundo, Bulito – Upper Bulito, Agujas – Segundo
- June 11th –15th-San Augustine, De La Cuesta, Llegua – Segundo, Barranca Honda – West Segundo
- June 18th –22nd-Cementario–Cojo, Hollister Ranch Road, Parcel 70
- June 25th-Parcel 70
About the Project
The Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council was awarded a three-year grant to provide free curbside chipping services for residents throughout the south coast of Santa Barbara County to reduce fire risks around their homes by encouraging the development of defensible space in designated neighborhoods. You do the cutting and our contractor will chip the vegetation on-site and take it away. If you would like to retain the chips for your own landscaping, you may request this during chipping activities with these key points in mind:
- DO NOT use woodchips or other combustible materials within a five-foot radius of your home.
- Woodchips can create a direct line of ground fuel to your home, make sure to utilize islands around your yard with noncombustible gaps between to reduce this risk.
Selected neighborhoods have designated scheduled services which will be sent to residents via postcards. Neighborhoods in Coastal Santa Barbara County were selected based off of their Fire Severity Risks determined by CAL FIRE, density of surrounding vegetative fuels, topography, and determined need by local fire authorities.
How to Participate in the Community Chipping Program
START CUTTING YOUR VEGETATION in advance of your scheduled neighborhood clean-up date. Focus your efforts within 100’ of structures and roadways, in the area known as your “Defensible Space Zone”. Learn more about creating defensible space here. Schedule a complimentary Wildfire Preparedness Evaluation by following this link to learn what improvements you should make around your home Schedule Eval.
- No pre-booking is necessary, simply place branches at the roadside adjacent to your property, or a designated drop-off site if you live on narrow private roads, by the set-out deadline for your area.
- If the vegetation is not easily seen from the street or you have questions about where you should stack your piles, please contact Project Manager Jessie Tobin at firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure it is marked for removal.
- Chipping in each area will take up to a week to complete. The number of days spent in each area depends on the amount of brush set out and the number of residents participating in the program.
Vegetation must be longer than 3 feet, less than 16 inches in diameter, and stacked at the curb of your roadway with the cut ends pointing toward the road to be chipped. Leaves, succulents, pine needles, palm fronds, stumps, branches with thorns, vines, bamboo, root balls, grasses, and other small trimmings CANNOT be chipped.
Properly dispose of material that is not able to be chipped in the provided green waste roll-off containers. The containers will be placed in certain communities around the scheduled chipping start date and will remain in place for 7 days. Not all communities will have a roll-off container. Contact email@example.com to inquire about placement.
The containers are only for the vegetation that cannot be chipped and are not to be used for trash disposal. No non-compostable materials (painted or preserved lumber, trash, metal wire, etc.) construction waste, building materials, or household waste are allowed in the containers.
ROADSIDE TREE TRIMMING: In addition to providing free vegetation chipping services, SBCFSC will be Tagging and Trimming Roadside tree branches to provide adequate roadside clearance for emergency vehicles and safe evacuation routes for residents. These branches will be removed by a professional tree service during the scheduled neighborhood project.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary home evaluation survey, please contact our Project Manager Jessie Tobin at Jtobin@sbfiresafecouncil.org
Funding for this project was provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Fire Prevention Program as part of the California Climate Investments Program.
“SBCFSC Community Chipping Program, is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment– particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.”