Firewise/Free Chipping

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from Dave Luken, our Firewise representative for MOHA:

Homeowners, please keep track of your costs incurred and hours of work for all fire mitigation projects, including free chipping in October, as these can be applied as a credit to the entire HOA to contiue our certification for next year. Hours and costs can be turned into Dave Luken.

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Dave Luken  is our Firewise contact with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. The certificate above certifies we are an approved Firewise neighborhood for the 2021 calendar year. Homeowners may want to contact their homeowner's insurance company and inform them they live in a Certified Firewise Nieghborhood, as their insurance company may give them a discount on their annual premium. Dave was informed by the CSFD that USAA gives a discount and several other insurance companies were considering it and may have approved a discount at this time.

Mountain Oaks Free Chipping is over for 2021. We will advise you of 2022 dates when they become available. Free chipping was 1st week of October, 2021.

Individual homeowners must register to participate. To register, visit 
coloradosprings.gov/wildfiremitigation
and select "Neighborhood Chipping Program," then "Submit a Request for Chipping." We are Mountain Oaks. You will be asked to enter your email address and fill out a "New Chipping Request." All chipping dates are the "Week Of" - material must be stacked curbside by 8:00 am Monday morning and will be picked up by the end of the week. Addresses not registered and incorrectly stacked piles WILL NOT BE PICKED UP. You can sign up until 8 pm on the night before your chipping week begins.

As part of the tagline "Sharing the Responsibility" the Wildfire Mitigation Section is dedicated to helping neighborhood organizations and homeowner’s associations address wildfire risk.  The CSFD neighborhood chipping service offers homeowners free curbside chipping and hauling when they do mitigation work on their own property. 

To participate, homeowners must attend a wildfire mitigation meeting or schedule a free on-site consultation before the chipping date. (If you have done this in the past 5 years, that is sufficient.) This is done to engage neighborhoods and educate homeowners on wildfire mitigation concepts. The intent of neighborhood chipping is not debris removal, landscaping or cleanup. Rather, the intent is to reduce the risk of wildfire, modify fuels adjacent to structures and reduce fire behavior in the event of a wildfire. To schedule a free on-site consultation call the CSFD Wildfire Mitigation office at 719-385-7342. You can check the website for free firewise classes.

Participants are asked to attend a meeting or have a consultation for the purpose of reducing the risk of wildfire, modify fuels adjacent to structures and reduce fire behavior in the event of a wildfire. 

It is a great way to get your tree and shrub debris cleaned
up by simply stacking bundles at the curb on the pickup
week. Note that your piles must be stacked curbside by
8:00 am Monday morning of our designated
chipping week and each bundle is limited to 5'x5'x5' with
diameter of logs no more than 9 inches. Incorrectly stacked
piles WILL NOT BE PICKED UP.

 What’s Acceptable:

  • Woody limbs and branches only, up to 9” in diameter
  • No construction or building materials.
  • Woody material must be clear of nails or wire.
  • Piles only; no bags.
  • No trash, weeds or yuccas.
  • No root wads, dirt or rocks.
  • No grass clipping or bags of leaves.
  • Pile Guidelines:

  • Piles must be stacked with cut ends facing the road.
  • Piles must be within 5’ of the roadway.
  • Limit pile size to 5’x5’x5’. No limit as to the number of piles.
  • Slash mulch will be hauled away for recycling.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors or haul in material from
         other neighborhoods.
  • Do not tie or band the piles.
  • Piles must be free of foreign objects.
  • To view a copy of the Chipping Guidelines Click here

    Colorado Springs Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Information Guide
    Wildfire Mitigation Website:

    Wildfire Risk Parcel Website:

    Neighborhood Chipping Sign-up

    Contacts:

    Ashley Whitworth
    Program Administrator
    (719) 385-7342
    Ashley.Whitworth@coloradosprings.gov

    Melissa Hoffman
    Program Coordinator
    (719) 385-7493
    Melissa.Hoffman@coloradosprings.gov

    Cory Ashby
    Program Coordinator
    (719) 385-7281
    Cory.Ashby@coloradosprings.gov

    Aaron Johnson
    Lead Fuels Techncian
    (719) 385-7367
    Aaron.Johnson@coloradosprings.gov

    Adam Wisely
    Lead Fuels Technician
    (719) 385-7368
    Adam.Wisely@coloradosprings.gov

    Melissa Hoffman
    Wildfire Mitigation Program Coordinator
    Colorado Springs Fire Department
    375 Printers Parkway
    Colorado Springs, CO 80910
    Office: 719.385.7493
    Fax: 719.385.7334

    “Sharing the Responsibility”

    “The mission of the Colorado Springs Fire Department is to provide fire, emergency, and prevention services with professionalism, compassion, and excellence.”
     

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