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. The wood chips will remain on the property, we will not remove them.


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.
  • 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 Thursday through Sunday. 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 no limit on the number of piles you may put out.
  • 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.


Elk Creek Fire is no longer accepting requests for chipping. Subject to voter approval of a mill levy increase, the chipping program will resume in the Spring of 2020.