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

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

Lexington Hills

2019 Countywide Chipping Schedule

Chipping Program and Application

All chipping for 2019 has been completed. Please check back in February for the 2020 Chipping Schedule.
   
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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 must be less than 8 inches in diameter.

¨  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 lot

¨  Piles need to be complete by the application due date

¨  Be aware that using power tools near dry vegetation can ignite a fire.  Have water nearby.

Please include your phone number and/or email address so that we can notify you of the date that chipping will occur on your property.

We’d also like to remind you to consider other fireSafe steps including cleaning out your gutters, sweeping debris off your decks and underneath stairs, making at least 10’ of clearance around your propane tank and keeping trees at least 10’ up off your roof and sides of your house or structure.

We Appreciate Your Support

Much of the FireSafe Council's work this year in the Santa Cruz Mountain area is being funded by local contributions. In the past, we have received funding from Federal Grants. This funding is not guaranteed and we must re-apply for it every year. Our funding comes from homeowners, homeowner associations, large land owners and local government agencies.

Our programs have grown from helping a few dozen homeowners per year to helping several hundred. With several years of very dry weather and a dramatic increase in wildfires both locally and statewide, it is more important than ever for each of us to make sure we have Defensible Space around our homes before the next wildfire. We expect the demand for our programs to continue growing. We need your ongoing support. The suggested donation is $25 to $100 depending on the amount of chipping that needs to be done. Larger donations are gratefully appreciated and go toward making all of our community safer.

2018 Lexington Hills Chipping Schedule

Please note: we are unable to accept late chipping program applications

Contact a Lexington Hills Area Manager Gretchen Hayes
Please note that chipping dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.

We Appreciate Your Support

All of the FireSafe Council's work this year in the Santa Cruz Mountain area is being funded by local contributions. In the past, we have received funding from Federal Grants. We expect few if any Federal Grants in the future. Our funding comes from homeowners, homeowner associations, large land owners and local government agencies.

Over the years our programs have grown from helping a few dozen homeowners to helping several hundred. Even with our wet winter, vegetation still remains weakened from our recent drought and it is more important than ever for each of us to make sure we have Defensible Space around our homes —before the next wildfire. We expect the demand for our programs to continue growing. We need your ongoing support. The suggested donation is $25 to $100 depending on the amount of chipping that needs to be done. Larger donations are gratefully appreciated and go toward making all of our community safer.

Contact a Lexington Hills Area Manager:  Gretchen Hayes

Broom Pullers Available

broom puller holding weed by the base and leveraging it up
"Puller Bear" weed wrench grasps weed by the base allowing homeowner to lever out the weed by its roots. Photo from pullerbear.com website

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has donated eight Broom pullers — tools used to remove this invasive species from properties — to the Santa Clara County Fire Safe Council.

Redwood Estates Services Association (RESA) has volunteered to administer the loan of six small and two large pullers to residents of the Lexington Hills CWPP (Community Wildfire Protection Plan) and to any of our mountain neighbors.

If you’ve never used a broom puller, you can visit the manufacturer’s website pullerbear.com to view this tool in action.

Please contact the RESA Operations Manager, Jeff Bates, at the RESA office, (408) 353-1866, or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule the pickup and return of this handy tool.

About French Broom and Scotch Broom

French broom and Scotch broom are exotic and invasive shrubs that displace native forage species, are toxic, burn readily and carry fire to the tree canopy layer.


Plant with yellow flowers and green clover-like leaves.  Inset shows pea-like pods
French broom (Genista monspessulana), showing blossoms, leaves and fruit. Photo by Toni Corelli
Small leafy plant
Young French broom. Photo by Toni Corelli
Scotch broom showing blossoms
Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius ssp. scoparius), showing blossoms, leaves and fruit. © Neal Kramer
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