All you need to know about North Tahoe Fire’s chipping this summer |

All you need to know about North Tahoe Fire’s chipping this summer

Submitted by North Tahoe Fire Protection District

Chipping services will only be provided to participants with a residence on the property. We will not chip piles from vacant lots. We can only take requests from homeowners. We will not honor requests taken from contractors.

Our Maximum Pile Size is 6 feet high by 20 feet long. It is easier and more efficient to chip the piles if they are wider and spread out rather than taller. The cut ends should be directed out toward the driveway or road where the chipping machine will be parked. Please follow the diagram on the following page for additional instruction on preparing your piles.

We do not haul chips. You can bring them to one of our free collection days or have your trash collection service pick them up in bags.

The chipper can handle material up to 10 inches in diameter (no root balls). Create defensible space by clearing flammable vegetation a minimum of 30 feet from structures. Please refer to the Living With Fire Lake Tahoe Basin guidelines available at North Tahoe Fire Station No. 51 located at 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. The information is also available for viewing and downloading at or call our Forest Fuels Office at 530-546-2212 to request a defensible space inspection.

Place brush piles so the chipping machine and crew can readily have access. The piles need to be adjacent to a driveway or 6 feet back from the edge of the street. Please do not pile material in or near to drainage structures or ditches. There are some areas along the highways that we can not chip for safety reasons. Please call with any questions. Preferably pile brush on the uphill side. Also, when placing the brush piles, place it in an area that will be out of your way and in a location that there is access for the equipment to turn around. Refer to the picture above for an example of the equipment.

Keep all piles free of rocks, dirt, wire, rebar, lumber, and spiny plants. The chipper can not chip piles of pine needles, pine cones, bark or small sticks. We will refuse your pile if it contains anything other than acceptable material.

NTFPD requires a request for chipping to be made before we can chip your pile. Please call our chipping hotline at (530)546-4347.

You do not have to be home the day you are scheduled for chipping. Below is our chipping schedule. Please know that these are the dates we will be in your area. If we miss your pile one week, we will make every effort to chip it the next opportunity.

– Area 1: Kings Beach to Tahoe Vista Weeks of 5/25, 6/29, 8/03, 9/7, 10/12

– Area 2: Tahoe Vista to Lake Forest Weeks of 6/1, 7/6, 8/10, 9/14, 10/19

– Area 3: Lake Forest to Sunnyside Weeks of 6/8, 7/13, 8/17, 9/21, 10/26

– Area 4: Sunnyside to Tahoma Weeks of 6/15, 7/20, 8/24, 9/28, 11/02

– Area 5: All other areas and hot spots Weeks of 6/22, 7/27, 9/1, 10/5

In order for us to chip your pile, you need to submit a request to the following: North Tahoe Fire Protection District Station No. 51 chipping program, 300 North Lake blvd., call (530)546-4347, or e-mail

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