Posted by: Joan Pilar | 05/02/2019

Chipping Program

The KMPUD is offering the chipping program again this year as stated below. If you need help in getting things trimmed and stacked to the road, Pyramid Peak Properties would be happy to help you. Our charge is $45/hr. Please call Bryce at 775.830.9084 or email

After the heavy snowfall during the 2018-19 winter season you probably have broken limbs and downed trees on your property. Take advantage of the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department’s (KVFD) free roadside wood chipping program. With funds raised at the 2014 Kirkwood Summer Festival, the annual KVFD fundraiser, a wood chipper was purchased to help Kirkwood homeown-ers create defensible space around their homes. Having 100 feet of defensible space around your home, as required by Califor-nia law, dramatically increases the chance of your house surviving a wildfire and provides safety for firefighters when protecting your home. This summer the chipping program begins the second week of July and goes through the second week of Septem-ber. Here’s what you need to know:
• District staff will perform chipping brush and limbs that have been stacked correctly during the second weeks of July, August, and September respectively. The Chipping Program will end after the second week of September. Any brush or limbs stacked after September 13, 2019 will not be chipped.
• Stack cut brush and limbs up to 4 inches in diameter within 5 feet of the road edge, with cut ends facing toward the road, no higher than 4 feet. Pile in windrows like firewood, not heaped like a beaver dam. Beaver dams will not be chipped. Keep materials free of mud, rocks, wire or other items.
• Do not stack in the road, next to fire hydrants, culverts or in any way that will impede traffic on the road.
• No building debris, natural material only. Mixed piles of building debris and natural materi-als will not be chipped. Materials that cannot be chipped for any reason, including incor-rectly stacked materials, will not be removed.
• All chipped material will be returned to the homeowner’s property.


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