Wood-chipper crews aim to reduce wildfire threat


On selected Wednesdays from May through November, wood chipping crews will be visiting neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby unincorporated communities. The annual Chipper Program, organized by the Woodside Fire Protection District, is intended reduce the threat of wildfire by cleaning up the landscape and reducing the hazardous fuel load.

Go to this link to see the neighborhood-by-neighborhood schedule.

One week ahead of schedule, residents should stack branches, bark, brush and other natural debris at the side of the road. Acceptable material includes brush and limbs of diameters up to 8 inches in diameter. Not acceptable are Eucalyptus bark, poison oak, and materials containing nails or screws (to protect crews and equipment).

Materials must be stacked in piles no larger than 10 feet square and with cut ends facing the road. The material, once chipped, will be directed back to the roadside.

Go to this link and click on the Chipper Program link for more information.

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