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Chipping Program

Hartsel Fire Chipping Program
Hartsel Fire Protection District is helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing chipping for branches, logs and small trees. If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we’ll chip it for you (Donation appreciated).  Pile material along the road beside your residents and HFPD will bring the chipper to you. Chipping typically will be done in September and October. Please note wood chips will be dispersed on residence property.   
Materials Guidelines
Accepted materials include trees, logs, and branches up to 12 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire. The following restrictions apply:

  • No willows or cottonwood: Willows and cottonwood have high moisture content, so they help to slow the spread of fire.  They also clog chipping equipment, because they are very fibrous. 
  • No construction or building materials, treated lumber, fence posts or signs.
  • No shrubs, root wads, stumps, dirt, or rocks. These items clog and damage chipping equipment.
  • No grass clippings, trash, weeds, or bags of leaves.

Pile Guidelines
Chipping will take place on during the weekdays.  Please contact Hartsel Fire with your address for materials to be chipped.  Improperly stacked piles may not be identified or chipped.

  • Stack piles neatly (no bags), with the large ends of branches facing the same direction.
  • After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors’ piles.
May contain: lumber and wood
Example of a "good pile"
May contain: soil, plant, vegetation, and root
Example of a "bad pile"


For more information on the HFPD chipping program, call or email Hartsel Fire at 719-836-3500,