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Truckee Fire District chipper program in effect

Gene WelchSpecial to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Protecting your home and property from the ravages of a wildfire requires constant attention. All dead trees, brush, and limbs need to be removed from your property. Dense tree and shrub stands need to be thinned to create more space between them. There needs to be a separation between tree branches and lower growing plants. Defensible space needs to be created and maintained around your home. This is something that will require your attention every year, and in the process you can generate large amounts of organic debris. Truckee Fire District is committed to helping you in your endeavors by providing a free chipping service within its boundaries. The Truckee Fire Protection District seasonal chipping program began Wednesday, June 1, 2011. They are currently taking requests to chip cut limbs, trees and brush. If you are a resident within the Truckee Fire District this service is provided to you at no charge. When you contact TFD we will place your name and address on the dispatch list and schedule the chipping at your site when there are group of requests in your area. This scheduling method helps get the most out of your tax dollars spent. Call 530-582-7850 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for more information or to schedule chipping at your home site. Chipping is done on a first come first serve basis with priority given to groups of parcels or neighbors working together.Materials that can be chipped include limbs, small trees and brush. No loose pine needles or pine cones. Maximum diameter is 12 inches.No dirt or rocks on brush or root balls.Limbs/brush need to be neatly stacked with the stob or cut end towards the road.Material needs to be stacked alongside the roadway or driveway where the truck and trailer can safely access them without causing any damage to the property.All materials can be either chipped into a pile or broadcast onto the property. TFD are no longer hauling chips away.For further information call the above number or check out our website http://www.truckeefire.orgGreen Bags for Green WasteWithin the Town of Truckee pine cones, pine needles, and vegetative waste may be disposed of using the Green Bags for Green Waste curbside collection program. The program is not currently available to Placer or Nevada county residents outside of the Town of Truckee town limits. The new program is intended to provide Truckee residents a convenient means to discard vegetative waste generated on their property.This new program mimics the already popular blue bag recycling program and requires residents to purchase approved green bags in order to participate. Similar to blue bags, green bags will be collected on trash day each week through Oct. 31. Green bags are recycled. In order to participate, residents must purchase approved green bags from Mountain Hardware, 11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee or Tahoe Supply Company, 10939 A Industrial Way (near the Pioneer Commerce Center), Truckee.This program accepts up to four filled green bags per week at no additional charge. Please limit each bag to a maximum weight of 40 pounds. Accepted items are: Pine needles, pine cones, lawn trimmings, garden waste, brush, small twigs and branches, wood chips and bark.No large limbs or branches, food or pet waste, rocks or dirt.For questions regarding the Green Bags for Green Waste Curbside Program please contact the Town of Truckee Solid Waste Division at 530-582-2909 or e-mail ndorr@townoftruckee.com.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com by Gene Welch, Public Safety andamp; Information Officer, Truckee Fire Protection District