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Truckee Fire District chipping program announced

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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#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 must be a separation between tree branches and lower growing plants. Defensible space needs to be created and maintained 100and#8217; around your home. This requires attention every year. In the process you can generate large amounts of organic debris. Truckee Fire District is committed to helping you while their budget allows by providing a free chipping service within its boundaries.

The Truckee Fire Protection District seasonal chipping program will begin on Monday, June 11. 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 at no charge. Your name and address will be placed on the dispatch list to schedule chipping at your site when there is a group of requests in your area. This scheduling method helps the Fire District get the most out of tax dollars spent. Due to budget restraints this season the program will run June 11 through Aug. 31, 2012.

The chipping program is limited to property with residences on them. They will not chip at vacant lots or lots being cleared for construction. Call 530-582-7850 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule chipping or for information.

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 and#8212; 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 toward the road.

Material needs to be stacked alongside the roadway or driveway where our 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. They are no longer hauling chips away.

For further information visit http://www.truckeefire.org.

Additional Programs and Services

Green Bags for Green Waste. Within 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. Program is not currently available to Placer or Nevada County residents outside of the Town of Truckee town limits.

This new program mimics the already popular blue bag recycling program and requires residents to purchase approved green bags from Mountain Hardware on 11320 Donner Pass Road or Tahoe Supply Company, 10939 A Industrial Way (near the Pioneer Commerce Center). Similar to blue bags, green bags will be collected on trash day each week May 1 through Oct. 31. Green bags are recycled. 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 and wood chips and bark. No large limbs or branches, food waste, pet waste or rocks and dirt.

Fire Safety Pine Needle and Vegetative Waste Drop-off. Town of Truckee Residents (must live within the Town limits) may drop off up to 6 yards of yard waste material (40 bags) for free, June 1-16, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., closed Sundays, at the Eastern Regional Landfill, Cabin Creek Road off Highway 89 south. Proof of residency required: local identification with physical address or ID with local address and#8212; a utility bill.

Accepted items are pine needles and cones, garden waste, wood chips and bark, lawn trimmings, twigs, limbs and branches and brush. No food waste, pet waste, rock, dirt or trash.

Multiple trips permitted. Please tarp loads to prevent fly-away yard waste.

Be prepared to unload your own yard waste, including dumping material from bags.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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