In the interest of fire prevention, life safety, and property protection, the Los Altos Hills County Fire District (“Fire District”) contracted with Santa Clara County FireSafe Council for brush chipping and disposal services (“Services”) at no cost to Fire District residents (“Residents”). Services for AREA 4 are scheduled to begin April 2020 and AREA 5 to begin May 2020 or during the subsequent months, as conditions permit.
Fire Science Guidelines – Residents are encouraged to make their home more defensible against a wildland fire by removing hazardous brush, tree limbs and vegetation. Fire science guidelines recommend clearing flammable vegetation to create defensive space of a minimum of 30 feet or up to 100 feet from structures. Tree limbs should be cut within 10 feet of chimneys and trees that are 18 feet or taller should be limbed 6 feet above the ground.
How to sign up? Please fill out and submit the online request form below by March 13th for Area 4 and April 10 for Area 5. Select one of the three-time frames offered. You can select that chips be left on your property or hauled away. If you opt to keep the chips, in order to comply with local quarantine measures, you may only keep debris chipped from your property. Santa Clara County FireSafe Council will contact you one day prior to their arrival; more advance notice will be given if possible.
The following Terms, Conditions and Service Requirements are required for the program to work effectively and safely:
- All cut brush must be stacked within 10 feet of your driveway or roadway on a level area prior to the week you selected for service, with the cut ends facing the driveway or roadway. Do not stockpile cut brush on public or private road travel lanes.
- The only items that will be chipped are tree limbs and cut brush. Any tree or brush limb that is more than 4 inches in diameter cannot be chipped.
- Please be sure that these items are not in among the cut brush piles:
- No wood larger than 4 inches diameter, no items of treated wood or lumber
- No lawn trimmings, sod, yucca, ice plant, bamboo, stumps, pampas grass, palm fronds, cactus, rock, dirt, and leaves without branches
- NO POISON OAK
- Sign and return the enclosed card acknowledging the Terms, Conditions and Service Requirements, authorizing entry onto your property, and indemnifying the Fire District and the Independent Contractor, Santa Clara County FireSafe Council.
Services will not be performed at properties that fail to follow all Terms, Conditions, and Service Requirements.
We look forward to assisting you with removing combustible vegetation on your property. If you have any questions, please contact Santa Clara County FireSafe Council at 408-975-9591 or the Los Altos Hills County Fire District at 650-949-1044.
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
By May 1, 2020 for Area 5, May brush chipping and debris removal: all cut brush must be stacked within 10 feet of your driveway or roadway on a level area so that crews can inspect, measure and tag the piles for contractor bidding for chipping and debris removal services. This is a new feature of the brush chipping program provided by Santa Clara County FireSafe Council. https://sccfiresafe.org/
Thanks in advance for your assistance to have bush piles ready and available for inspection, tagging and bidding services by May 1, 2020. The bidders will bid on the pile sizes that are measured and tagged. Once the brush piles are inspected, measured, and tagged, please do not add any further brush to the piles or create new piles.
We look forward to providing you with this no-cost brush chipping and debris removal service to make your home and property more defensible against a wildland fire by removing hazardous brush, tree limbs and vegetation.
Essential Governmental Function
During these unprecedented times and the inability to know what restrictions will be in place in months to come, the Los Altos Hills County Fire District Board of Commissioners designated the Brush Chipping/Debris Removal Program as an Essential Governmental Function. Santa Clara County FireSafe Council was designated as the contractor necessary to carry out this Essential Governmental Function. The District believes Brush chipping and debris removal are foundational to the fire safety, prevention and protection of its residents. Aware of the pending drought, dangers of wildfire, desires of residents to maintain property hygiene and fuel mitigation, and desire to keep existing brush piles along roadsides chipped and removed, were some of the reasons the Commissioners balanced, in these unprecedented times, to make this policy. Services will only be performed with the consent of the contractors, staff and desire of residents in light of public health concerns in the upcoming months. Contractors are asked to comply with governmental orders and changes in the law while providing services. If after requesting brush chipping and debris removal services, you wish to cancel, please contact the Los Altos Hills County Fire District by email at CLERK@lahcfd.org or leave a message at 650-949-1044 or at Santa Clara County FireSafe Council at 408-975-9591.
It is important to note that the Brush chipping and debris removal program may be suspended or cancelled at any time by the District. The District will continue to evaluate what are its Essential Governmental Functions and to ensure that the District is in compliance with all local, County, State and Federal laws and direction for delivery of services.
Thank you for supporting fire safety efforts,
Los Altos Hills County Fire District