Free chipping program returns to Summit County

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Free chipping program returns to Summit County 

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The Summit County Wildfire Council — including Lake Dillon Fire — is pleased to announce the return of the wildly popular free chipping program that will allow property owners to get rid of branches, wood “slash” and even tree trunks up to nine inches in diameter.

The program, backed by a Colorado Department of Natural Resources wildfire risk-reduction grant, entails sending professional chippers to curbside slash piles, chipping and hauling away the material.

Last year, owners of nearly 1,500 properties disposed of 923 tons of material that could have been fuel for a wildfire. Some 44 truckloads of chips were hauled to a biomass power plant in Gypsum.

Residents are asked to put branches, logs and slash in neat piles no larger than five feet by five feet by five feet, with large ends facing the road, in the week before the chippers are scheduled to be in the area. No construction materials, trash, grass clippings, hedges, willow branches, treated lumber, fence posts or signs are allowed.

In the Lake Dillon Fire Protection District, the chippers will be coming through neighborhoods on the following dates:

  • Frisco, Copper Mountain: June 29-July 3 and Aug. 17-21
  • Montezuma, Keystone, Summit Cove, Summerwood: July 6-10, Aug. 24-28
  • Corinthian Hill, Dillon, Dillon Valley, Mesa Cortina, Wildernest: July 13-17, Aug. 31-Sept. 4
  • Ptarmigan, Silverthorne: July 20-24, Sept. 7-11
  • Willowbrook up to Three Peaks: July 27-31, Sept. 14-18
  • Three Peaks, Hamilton Creek Ranch, Sage Creek Meadows: Aug. 3-7, Sept. 21-25
  • Pebble Creek to Heeney: Aug. 10-14, Sept. 28-Oct. 2

For more details, please see: 2015 chipping program flyer

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