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(Learn about our Defensible Space Chipping Program.)

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Defensible Space Chipping Program Application

Please follow this checklist to prepare your material to be chipped:

Do's

  • Create defensible space up to 100 feet from structures and 30 feet from access roads.
  • Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location.
  • Piles must be located on the uphill side of the road or driveway.
  • Piles must be within 5 feet of the chipper location and less than 4 feet in height.
  • Limbs to be chipped must be less than 8 inches in diameter.

Don't's

  • Piles must be hand stacked and free of all roots, stumps, rocks and mud.
  • Piles must be free of poison oak, Scotch broom after it seeds, blackberry and vines.
  • SCFSC contractor cannot chip piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings.
  • Piles must be free of all non-vegetative materials (trash, metal, wire, etc).
  • SCFSC cannot chip timber harvest debris or material from orchards or vacant lots.
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If you didn’t check the box above, or you have a question, please explain and then proceed to the next page of the application
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Contact Information

Required fields are marked with an *.
First Name*
Please provide your first name

Last Name*
Please provide your last name

Phone (eg. 123-456-7890)*
That is not a valid phone number

E-mail Address*
Please provide your email address

House Number*
Please provide your house number on your street (just the house number, street name should appear in the next field).

Street Name*
Please provide your street name. For example, "Casa Loma Road."

City*
Please provide your city

State*
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Zip Code*
Please provide a valid USA ZIP Code. No spaces please.

County*
Please choose the brush piles location county

Nearest Cross Street*
Please provide the nearest cross street to your address

Please provide your mailing address if different
Mailing House Number
If you are providing a separate mailing address, please provide the house number, separate from the street address

Mailing Street Name
Something is wrong with the mailing street name.

City
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State
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Zip Code
Please provide a valid USA ZIP Code

Fire Department or closest fire station*
Please provide the name of the fire station closest to you

Are you the property owner?*

Please make a selection

Owner's Name (if different)
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Driving Directions (please provide all pertinent details):
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Upload a Map (max 2MB)
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Chipping and Tree Removal Information

Total Number of Piles*
Please specify a number. No spaces please.

Average pile width in ft.*
Please specify the width in feet. No spaces or other characters please, just a number.

Average pile length in ft.*
Please specify the length in feet. No spaces or other characters please, just a number.

Average pile height in ft.*
Please specify the height in feet. No spaces or other characters please, just a number.

Piles must be along established roadways or driveways.

Where is the material?*

Please select an option

Please provide the total square footage of your property, in square feet (1 acre = 43,560 sq. ft.)*
Please provide the total square footage of your property, in square feet. 1 acre = 43,560 sq. ft. (Just digits and optional comma, please.)

Special precautions to take
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Please Answer the Following Grant Related Questions For Our Funding Sources

What would you do with this material if this program were not available?*

Please make a selection

If you would take it to the local landfill, how many miles (round trip) is that?
Please provide a distance in miles. Numbers only, please.

How many hours did it take you to prepare the piles?*
Please provide the number of labor hours. Numbers only please.

Did you hire someone to cut and stack materials for you?*

Please make a selection

If yes, what was the cost?
Please provide the dollar amount you paid a contractor(s). No dollar sign, please.

Would you like a Free PG&E Power Line inspection?

Please make a selection

Admin Use Fields

Area Manager name
Area Manager name must be one of the area manager names in the list.

Area Manager may note here, the location of original faxed or mailed-in application
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I have completed the requirements on the first page of this form and I own or am the legal occupier of the property with full authority for authorizing the services that will be performed, and hereby agree and consent to Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council (“SCFSC”) entering my property for purposes of arranging for the performance of services of any type in connection with this program.

  1. I agree to allow SCFSC and a contractor(s) designated by SCFSC under this program access onto my property.

  2. I agree that:
    • Any chipped material will be blown back onto my property unless otherwise arranged with SCFSC and the contractor and that I must comply with their decisions on where chips are deposited.
    • Tree trunks and limbs that the SCFSC contractor determines are too large to be chipped will be cut up and left on my property.
    • Schedules are determined by the contractor and that I may not be called to arrange for chipping or other services on a specific date and time of my choosing.
    • SCFSC is not obligated to provide services under this program and is not liable for its failure to provide for services, nor for the performance of services under this program other than per Paragraph 4 below.
    • SCFSC's funds for this program’s services are limited and that SCFSC may refuse to provide service to anyone.
    • I am responsible for any environmental compliance concerns that arise in connection with the services provided by SCFSC under this program (for more information, see www.sccfiresafe.org/santa-clara-county-fuel-reduction-programs).

  3. I understand that 100 feet of Defensible Space around my home (or to my property line) is required by law (for more information, see www.calfire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety_100feet.php).

  4. In consideration of my accepting SCFSC’s Defensible Space Chipping Program’s free services on behalf of myself, any spouse of mine, successors in interest, and assigns (collectively “me” or “I”), I agree to waive, release, and refrain from suing SCFSC and its officers, directors, participants, coordinators, employees, independent contractors, and volunteers (collectively “SCFSC Parties”) for any and all liability claims for injury, death, loss, damage, and/or destruction of any property which is connected in any way with SCFSC Parties’ Defensible Space Chipping Program’s free services, except for those arising out of SCFSC Parties’ willful misconduct. Any third party service providers who perform the actual service of chipping and/or creating the Defensible Space on my property, are not covered by my above-stated waiver.

  5. I have read this application, understand its terms, and voluntarily have entered into these agreements.
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You cannot continue without acknowledging the above statement.

Signature*
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