In the interest of fire prevention, life safety, and property protection, the Los Altos Hills County Fire District (“Fire District”) encourages residents to create defensible space around structures on their property and reduce fire fuels by utilizing techniques of Shelter in Yard, property hygiene, and property and structure hardening.
In cooperation with Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, the Fire District is pleased to offer the Defensible Space Brush Chipping and Debris Removal (DSBC) Program to chip and remove debris associated with residents’ fire fuel reduction activities. Residents may use the DSBC Program for chipping and removing the branches, limbs, and brush associated with property hygiene activities from their property. The DSBC Program services (“Services”) are provided to District residents at no cost, two (2) times per year. Tree limbs, branches, and brush to be removed shall be stacked in accordance with Fire District requirements, as stated below. Services for Area 5 (see Area Map) begin May 2021, or thereafter, as conditions permit. To learn when other Areas will be chipped, click here.
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 or pruning flammable vegetation to create defensible space from 0-100-feet from structures and to create a zero brush, tree limb, or vegetation zone from 0-5-feet from the structure. Use non-combustible materials such as rock, stone pavers, cement, bare earth, gravel, or sand within the 0-5-feet zone. Use of mulch or chips within the 0-5-feet zone is not recommended. Tree limbs should be cut that are within 10-feet of chimneys and trees that are 18-feet or taller should be limbed a minimum of 6-feet above the ground. Guidelines for creating defensible space are found here: https://sccfiresafe.org/prepare/creating-defensible-space/
How to Register Online:
Please fill out and submit the online request form for Area 5, or return the chipping card that you should have received in the mail, by the dates specified below and on the card.
Chipping for Area 5 will take place between May 10 and May 22, 2021. You can select that chips be left on your property or hauled away. If you opt to keep the chips, to comply with safety measures, you may only keep debris chipped from your property. Santa Clara County FireSafe Council will contact you at least one day prior to their arrival. YOUR NAME, EMAIL, PHONE, ADDRESS, SIGNATURE must be submitted on the online authorization form or included on the mailed CARD to receive Services.
Area 5 Brush Chipping Dates & Deadlines
|Actual Chipping Date Range,|
if conditions permit
|Deadline to Register Online or|
Return Your Brush Chipping Card
|Deadline for Resident Piles to be Ready
for Tagging and Bidding by Contractor
|May 10 - 22, 2021||April 19, 2021||May 9, 2021|
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 entrance to the roadway on a level area by the dates specified on the enclosed card or as otherwise directed by FireSafe Council and/or the District. Crews will measure and tag brush piles for contractor inspection and bidding. Stack piles with the cut ends facing the driveway or roadway. Brush cannot be added to the pile once pile is tagged. For safety, do not stockpile cut brush within 10 feet of public or private roads.
- The only items that will be chipped are tree limbs and cut brush. Any tree or brush limb that are more than 4-inches in diameter cannot be chipped.
- To receive Services, please be sure that these items are not in or among the cut brush piles:
- No wood larger than 4-inches diameter, and no items of treated wood or lumber
- No lawn trimmings or construction debris, sod, yucca, ice plant, bamboo, stumps, pampas grass, palm fronds, cactus, rock, dirt, and leaves without branches
- NO POISON OAK
- To receive Services, resident must cooperate, be respectful and maintain appropriate interactions at all times to personnel and contractors acting on behalf of the Fire District and FireSafe Council.
- Complete and SEND this online form acknowledging the Terms, Conditions and Service Requirements stated in this form and the authorization to enter onto your property, and to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Fire District, Santa Clara County FireSafe Council and their related parties. However, the defense, indemnity, and hold harmless requirement shall not apply to the District/Fire Safe Council and their related parties’ sole negligence and/or willfull misconduct arising out of the Services provided.
Services will not be performed at properties that fail to follow all Terms, Conditions, and Service Requirements and/or do not provide all requested information.
We look forward to assisting you with your property hardening and property hygiene efforts. If you have any questions, please contact the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council at 408-975-9591 or the Los Altos Hills County Fire District at 650-949-1044 or visit us online at https://www.lahcfd.org/programs-for-residents/dsbc-program/
NOTICE TO RESIDENTS
May 1, 2021; Area 5 Defensible Space Brush Chipping and Debris Removal (DSBC) Program Services: to participate in the DSBC Program Services, all cut brush must be stacked within 10 feet of your driveway entrance to the roadway or 10 feet from public or private roadways on a level area so that crews can inspect, measure and tag the piles for contractor bidding for chipping and debris removal services.
Thank you in advance for your assistance to have brush piles ready and available for inspection, tagging and bidding services by the dates specified on the enclosed card. The bidders will bid on the pile sizes that are measured and tagged. Once the brush piles are inspected, measured, and tagged, you may not add any further brush to the piles or create new piles.
Please also provide cooperative, respectful and appropriate interactions with all personnel who are conducting services on behalf of the District and FireSafe Council. We appreciate personnel receiving thanks and courteous treatment from residents. If you have any questions or comments about the services provided, please contact us at www.lahcfd.org or call the Los Altos Hills County Fire District at 650-949-1044.
We look forward to providing you with these no-cost DSBC Program Services to make your home and property more defensible against a wildland fire by removing hazardous brush and small tree limbs.
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 Defensible Space Brush Chipping and 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 this program is 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 and in full compliance with all public health orders in the upcoming months. Contractors are being advised to comply with all Governmental Orders and changes in the law regarding the provision of these services. If after requesting DSBC Program Services you wish to cancel, please contact the Los Altos Hills County Fire District by email at [email protected] 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 DSBC Program Services may be suspended or cancelled at any time by the District or Service to a property discontinued. 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