FREE Foliage Wood Chipping August 19th and 20th,  2024, in the San Mateo Highlands

(pick up date is based on your address)

Free chipping is provided by Fire Safe San Mateo County in effort to encourage homeowners to maintain 100 feet of defensible space around their homes for fire safety.

"The Neighborhood Chipper Program is based on a “you cut, we chip” model. Home owners are responsible for cutting, gathering and piling vegetation from around their homes to a roadside location(front yard). We will provide chipping crews who visit neighborhood-by-neighborhood to chip vegetation either back on site or for removal. Home owners can keep the chips on site or we will haul them away at no cost."

August 19- Bunker Hill Dr and Streets North of Bunker Hill Dr.

August 20- Streets South of Bunker Hill Dr.

more info:

Questions? Liesje Nicolas 650-773-7805


To keep the program running smoothly and safely, there a few easy tips for homeowners participating in this program. Not adhering to the guidelines may result in your pile not being chipped.

Removing Vegetation: Give yourself a few weekends to do vegetation maintenance around your yard.
Piling Vegetation: Homeowners are required to pile vegetation in a pile that does not exceed10 ft wide, 10 ft long and 5 ft tall.
Chipping Schedule: Chipping is scheduled for communities for spring, summer and fall. See above for details on when the chipper visits your neighborhood. Make sure to give yourself enough time to cut and pile your vegetation.



Create defensible space to about 100 feet from structures & 30 feet from access roads.

Piles cannot include roots, stumps, rocks and mud.

Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location.

Piles cannot include poison oak, Scotch or French broom after it seeds, blackberry and vines.

Piles must be easily accessible from a private road, driveway, or lane with good access. 

Piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings cannot be chipped

Piles must be within 8 feet of the road and 5 feet or less in height and about 10 feet long (10x10x5 maximum)

Piles must be free of all non-vegetative materials (trash, metal, wire, etc).

Material to be chipped must be less than 8 inches in diameter. 

This program will not chip for: timber harvest projects, tree farms, new construction or vacant lots.

                                 DO:                                                                                   DON'T:
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Who does the chipping? Chipping is done by professional contractors or CAL FIRE crews.

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