Elk Creek Fire Community Chipping Program

You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Elk Creek Fire Protection District Community Chipping Program. Elk Creek Fire is helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing free chipping of branches, logs and small trees. If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we’ll chip it at no cost.



In the spring of 2020, when the weather allows, the module will prioritize the left-over piles form the 2019 chipping season for those who have signed up on the website. Starting April 15th, there will be one open-sign up period on this webpage. The sign-up period will close after the first 300 applicants. We will then evaluate the chipping requests and split them into six groups based on location.

Applicants will then be sent a notification of the group they have assigned for the year by June 1st. We will regularly make announcements via social media and the website of the group we are currently servicing and when the next group can anticipate their work to begin. Additionally, a 15 pile limit per address will be implemented.

For more details about why these changes have been made, please see the spring 2020 newsletter Wildfire Suppression Module ad Chipping Program Update article.

While we will do our best to stick with the outlined schedule above, we continue to assess the most appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of our personnel, the local community, and society at large in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the Chipping Program might be affected in ways that we can't currently predict.

Materials Guidelines

Accepted materials include trees, logs and branches up to 12 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire.

The following restrictions apply:

  • No construction or building materials, treated lumber, fence posts or signs.
  • New home construction sites are not eligible for this program.
  • No firewood stacks.
  • No shrubs, root wads, stumps, dirt or rocks. These items clog and damage chipping equipment.
  • No grass clippings, trash, weeds, bags of leaves or raked needles.
Pile Guidelines
  • Piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the scheduled chipping day. Chipping will take place Monday through Friday. Improperly stacked piles, and any piles stacked after 8 a.m, may not be identified or collected.
  • Stack piles neatly (no bags), with the large ends of branches facing the road.
  • Place piles within 5 feet of the roadway, but not touching the road or in drainage ditches.
  • Maximum pile size is 5 'x 5' x 5'. There is a 15-pile limit per address for each sign up period.
  • After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors' piles or place piles in other neighborhoods.
  • No piles that have been created by any machinery.


The sign-up period for this year’s chipping program is now closed. Please monitor Elk Creek’s social media and this website for updates on the possibilities of accepting additional requests this year.