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Mobilizing the people of Santa Clara County to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires

(Learn about our Defensible Space Chipping Program.)

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Defensible Space Chipping Program Application

Chipping piles must be complete by the application due date. You may not add additional materials after the due date. Coordinators will come by to survey piles and send projects out to bid. Chipping should occur within a couple of weeks after the due dates. If material is added after the due date it will delay the entire project. Contact an area coordinator for more information.

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 both boxes 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 *.
Please provide your first name

Please provide your last name

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Please provide your email address

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

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

Please provide your city

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Please provide a valid USA ZIP Code. No spaces please.

Please choose the brush piles location county

Please provide the nearest cross street to your address

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

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Please provide a valid USA ZIP Code

Please provide the name of the fire station closest to you

Please make a selection

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Chipping and Tree Removal Information

Please specify a number. No spaces please.

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

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

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

Piles must be along established roadways or driveways.

Please select an option

Please provide the total square footage of your property, in square feet. 1 acre = 43,560 sq. ft. (Just digits, not even a comma please.)

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Please Answer the Following Grant Related Questions For Our Funding Sources

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Please provide a distance in miles. Numbers only, please. Not even a decimal point (round to the nearest mile).

Please provide the number of labor hours. Numbers only please.

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Please provide the dollar amount you paid a contractor(s). No dollar sign, please. Not even a decimal point (round to the nearest dollar).

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Admin Use Fields

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

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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.
You cannot continue without acknowledging the above statement.

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