Summit County offers free chipping program to reduce wildfire danger |

Summit County offers free chipping program to reduce wildfire danger

The Summit County government will once again be offering free chipping and disposal services this summer for branches, logs and small trees. The service is part of a community wildfire protection program approved by voters in 2008. Since 2014, the chipping program has served 5,430 households and chipped a total of 16,191 slash piles.

Through the program, the county hopes to incentivize homeowners to clear woody vegetation from around their homes and thus create defensible space, or areas that slow the spread of wildfires. Residents can schedule a free defensible space assessment of their property by contacting their local fire protection district.

Each neighborhood in the county has a designated chipping week, which can be found here or by calling (970) 668-4140. Piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the Monday of a neighborhood’s chipping week and may be no bigger than 5’x5’x5’. There is not limit on the number piles that may be put out. Piles should be stacked neatly with no bags and the large ends of branches facing the road.

The first week of chipping will happen in Frisco and Copper Mountain from June 26-30.

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