The Alpine Fire Department and the Alpine Area Wildfire Protection Coalition is sponsoring Chipper Days July 9th and 10th in an effort to provide a “fire-safe community”.
Lincoln County Fuels Mitigation Coordinator Patty Pringle says people will need to put their vegetation out on the side of the road. Volunteers from community and fire department will come along with a chipper as well as trailers and dispose of the foliage.
“It’s more specific areas for now,” Pringle said. “July 9th…we’re going to be in Broken Wheel, Shadow Dancer, and also Trail Ridge. Then on the 10th we’re going to be in Lakeview, Rees, and Aspen Ridge.”
Her and the volunteers will be going around from 10 am to 4 pm each day. She says what they will be accepting is tree limbs, branches, or trunks no more than four inches in diameter.
“Pretty much anything you want to get out of your yard that’s vegetation-wise,” Pringle said. “Obviously no building material, no trash. We can’t chip that stuff, but trees, brush, vegetation that are four inches in diameter or less is what we are going to be chipping up.”
She believes this is a great program for the people in these subdivisions.
“We always get people saying they want to clean up their land and they want to remove vegetation,” Pringle said. “But they don’t know where to take it or they don’t have the ability to take it…they don’t have a big truck or anything like that.
“So, this is a very good opportunity for the land owners and residents to get their properties cleaned up before the fire season hits.”
She says if you have questions you can reach out to Mike Vogt from the Alpine Fire Department or you can reach out to her as well.