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Many Chaffee County homeowners will receive a wildfire mitigation slash haul away service this fall through Chaffee Chips. The program is offered by Envision Forest Health Council partners to reduce the threat of wildfire in Chaffee County.

The fall schedule continues the program that began in 2020, when areas of Pinon Hills and Chalk Creek Canyon received the wildfire threat-reduction program. Those who wish to participate must place their slash piles out by 8:00 a.m. on the morning of their area’s event. This program will be offered for different areas and the schedule is as follows:

  • August 27 through August 29 Game Trail and West-plus Side
  • September 17 through September 19 Mesa Antero Estates North and South
  • October 1 through October 3 Shavano Front, Weldon Creek, Eureka Ranch, Hayden Springs and Eagle Moon
  • October 15 to October 17 The East Side of Methodist Mountain

An example of a good slash pile. Image courtesy of Envision Chaffee County.

Piles must be no bigger than five feet high by 10 feet deep by seven feet long and stacked with cut ends facing the road.This is a free opportunity to prepare your property. Chaffee Chips empowers community members to create defensible space around their homes by coordinating neighborhood slash removal and chipping services.

Participants are asked to follow a few rules:

  • Trees, tree branches, small logs, brush cut away from root mass are okay.
  • No logs/branches with a diameter greater than 6 inches
  • No logs/branches longer than 10 feet
  • No construction, building or other manmade materials
  • No lumber, fence posts or signs
  • No roots, root wads, stumps or anything that grows below the soil
  • No materials that contain dirt, sand, gravel or rocks
  • No materials that contain metal (nails, screws, fencing), string or other manmade materials
  • No herbaceous material (leaves, weeds, bushes)

Click here to register and learn more.