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County sponsors free curbside chipping

Program aims to reduce flammable vegetation around homes and access routes

Permit Sonoma has begun accepting residential applications for its Curbside Chipper Program. The service supports residents of unincorporated Sonoma County in creating defensible space around their homes and reducing vegetation along access routes.

Permit Sonoma’s Fire Prevention Division provides the free chipper service to residents engaged in making their properties more wildfire safe. The specific purpose of the program is to create defensible space around homes, structures, and access routes to those structures on properties in unincorporated Sonoma County. For unimproved properties, woody debris generated from areas within 30 feet of a structure or 20 feet from a roadway also qualifies for the program.

In the event of a wildfire, having 100 feet or more of defensible space has been clearly demonstrated to help save homes.

Likewise, thinning vegetation on access roads can make it safer for residents to evacuate and firefighters to defend properties. Permit Sonoma hopes the free chipper service will help residents dispose of woody debris and assist in creating beautiful, healthy, and fire-wise landscapes around homes and along roadsides.

To learn more about the program guidelines and how to apply, property owners in the unincorporated Sonoma County may visit Permit Sonoma’s Curbside Chipper Program webpage at https://permitsonoma. org/divisions/firepreventionandhazmat/ servicesandfees/curbsidechipperprogram.