Chipping Program


We do not currently have a grant to fund this program. In order to keep this valuable and popular service available, residents will be billed travel time and service time at $75 per hour with a minimum of 1 hour per visit. While this is a change from suggested donations, we hope you will understand it's the only way to keep this service running in the absence of grant funding. For that nominal fee, you'll still have a 3-4 person crew. Comparable services are $250 - $350 per hour. Thank you for understanding!

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will chip brush that is cleared from defensible space of any permanent structure, and/or 30’ from any roadside or driveway used for evacuation purposes. Our chipping service is limited to 4 hours per customer per application.  Your partnership is greatly appreciated in making Nevada County safer from wildfire!


Our chipping service is known as a drive by service. This means no specific time or date is given. Your piles should be complete and ready to chip when you submit this request. As long as program guidelines are met, there is no need for a resident to be home when piles are chipped.


The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County is not able to chip foreign materials/Non-Vegetative items/Lumber of any kind.

We're sorry, but we can not chip the items listed below. If you'd like to dispose of these items, Waste Management offers a “Green Waste Pick-Up” program to dispose of such materials. They can be contacted at (530) 274-3090.

  • Piles of Leaves, Pine Needles, or Yard Clippings
  • Poison Oak
  • Decaying Wood
  • All Varieties of Broom
  • Commercial Properties, Timber Harvest Projects, Commercial Projects or Vacant Lots
  • Blackberries/Vines/Anything with Thorns
  • Root Balls, Stumps, Dirt, or Twigs


The following requirements must be met in order for us to chip at your location. We reserve the right to refuse chipping service if these requirements are not met and a travel time fee will be assessed even if we cannot perform the work.

  • Chipping piles need to be stacked along a road or driveway frontages, which will allow the crew to work from the road or driveway. 
  • Piles must be placed within 5 feet of chipper access.
  • Piles must be placed on level ground or on the uphill side of the road or driveway. 
  • Piles must be free of roots/stumps, rocks and mud, poison oak, scotch broom, and blackberries and other vines.
  • Piles must be stacked with the cut ends facing the same direction, pointing towards access route to piles. Heaviest materials should be on the bottom, lightest material on the top.
  • Piles must not be higher than 4 feet.
  • Material can be up to 8 inches in diameter, and needs to be at least 3 feet in length. The longer the better for the crew - easier to feed through the chipper.
  • All materials chipped will be blown back onto the property, or put in a pile where the brush was stacked.
  • The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County will provide service on a first-come, first–served basis.  We limit service to individual customers to no more than 4 hours per visit.
  • The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County cannot clean up commercial properties, timber harvest projects, commercial projects, vacant lots, or marijuana grows. 


Click on the button to submit your online chipping request. A confirmation email will be sent to you right away, and we'll schedule you as quickly as possible.

*A limited number of applications may qualify for free chipping services based on income, age, and/or disability, ask about a fee waiver.