FIRESafe Marin will be sponsoring a Chipper Event for our Yolansdale Fire Safety Group on:
FRIDAY, JULY 10th
Please carefully read the FIRESafe Marin guidelines as sent to us below.
2020 CHIPPER DAYS
FIRESafe Marin Guidelines:
● Pre-registration is required: Residents will be able to sign up directly on our online web portal.
https://www.chipperday.com/marin -- Registration will open 14 calendar days before your chipper event.
PLEASE NOTE: The registration portal is not open YET. If you are not able to register right away, please keep trying. We do not know when the portal will go live but time is short.
● Signup is on a first come first served basis. When we have reached our capacity, any additional registrants will be placed on a wait list. Residents on the waitlist will not receive a pickup unless they receive a confirmation email due to a cancellation.
● Residents need to bring their material to their curb for the chipper pick up by 8 am the day we have scheduled for your site. Pickup could be delayed for 1-2 days due to the volume the chippers are processing.
● Piles are limited to 10 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet in size. Piles and portions of piles larger than 10x4x4 will be left for the resident to remove. Firewise sites run the risk of losing their chipper event the following year if there are too many size violations.
What CAN go in the chipper?
● Tree limbs up to 8” in diameter.
● Shrubs, brush, limbs, woody bushes, pampas grass, scotch broom, cypress, juniper.
● Lay all vegetation the same way with the base of the branch or plant facing the street. What WILL be taken but can't be put in the chipper?
● Roots with rock/gravel/dirt - cut away from the rest of the plant, placed next to pile.
● Palm fronds and bamboo - place next to pile.
What will NOT be taken for the safety of our crews?
● Trash, poison oak, blackberry brambles, firewood, construction materials, lumber, regular yard waste, leaves, lawn clippings.
Questions? Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may know, Measure C passed, which is bringing Marin residents the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority. One of the first efforts that the measure will tackle is bringing free chipper days to our neighborhoods starting in July and going through September.
Chipper days will be in high demand and there will be a limited number of reservations available so residents are urged to prepare if they want to take advantage of it. The chipper will be delivered to properties with a crew. Brush needs to be stacked neatly at the curb and each home can have no more than one pile that is 4' high by 10' long and 4' wide.
Reservation opportunities will be announced shortly via this blog, email, and nextdoor. If you want to be notified please register with us here.
Back in March YFSG received a grant estimated at $120k rewarding our good standing as a Firewise certified community. The grant was made by CalFire to Firesafe Marin who distributed the funds to Firewise sites around Marin in need of work on evacuation route clearance. Below is the official letter from FireSafe Marin that we sent out to residents in our database alerting them of the work:
Dear Property Owner,
In 2019, FIRESafe MARIN was awarded a grant by CAL FIRE to provide funding for the clearance of vegetation near roadways in 8 Ross Valley neighborhoods from Corte Madera to Fairfax. The goal of this program is to improve the safety of residents during wildfire evacuations, and to improve ingress and egress for fire engines responding to emergencies. In the months of March and April, FIRESafe MARIN, your neighborhood Firewise USA Committee, and the Town of San Anselmo will work with private contractors to begin this important work.
This work has been declared an "essential service" by the Fire Chief and will be conducted, to benefit public safety, while the COVID-19 shelter-in-place order is in effect. We've moved up the start date for this work from Fall 2020 to Spring. Our intent is to complete the necessary work during a period of reduced traffic and before the start of fire-season. Crews and supervisors will observe appropriate social distancing and CAL OSHA Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements. Please observe these precautions in the event of communicating or interfacing with crews and supervisors.
Property owners are required to maintain the vegetation within 100 feet of structures on their property, along their driveways, and in the public right-of-way where their property fronts public roads. This grant funded project will help give property owners a "leg up" where they've deferred maintenance of vegetation near the roads. This is a one-time program, and we can't promise we'll be able to do this again in the future.
The work will include the following:
Additional information on the program, with diagrams and specifications for the clearance work is available online at http://firesafemarin.org/evac-grant . If you have any questions or if we can provide any additional information, please contact FIRESafe MARIN at email@example.com.
A few weeks back I took a hike on the Allyn Trail and I was really impressed with the clearing that one of our neighbors did along the trail. I'll share her name for a shoutout if she's ok with that, but really I just wanted to say thanks and call out her example of being a good neighbor. For those of you who hike the trail, you know it gets overrun with broom and poison oak. Earlier in the spring it was almost impassable. She estimated that it took 40-50 hours of work to clear it back. All that work goes towards maintaining our good standing as a Firewise Community and will be logged here. You, too, can log any hours or expenditures you make towards fire safety and it will help us maintain our good standing. Let's do our part and show our gratitude by by pulling some broom each time we use the trail to keep it clear. Thanks!
Hopefully, we never need to evacuate our homes, but if we do having a plan will save precious minutes under pressure and offer peace of mind in the meantime. I prepare my family for two situations:
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