The Santa Clara FireSafe chipping program is designed to assist residents and communities in their efforts to create and maintain adequate and safe defensible space by processing or disposing vegetative material such as brush and tree branches. Defensible space clearing is typically 100 to 200 feet from permanent structures and 30 feet from roadsides or driveways used for evacuation purposes.  Due to the varying natures of hillside neighborhoods, different types of chipping services may be necessary.

We Offer the Following Types of Scheduled Chipping Services

  • Community Chipping Piles: Residents drop off piles of brush at a specific location and chipping is performed on a scheduled date
  • Drive Up Chipping Event: A date the community has previously selected, at a location within the community, residents drive the brush up in their own vehicle and it is chipped on the spot.
  • At Home Chipping: Residents submit an application for chipping services to be performed at their home. Brush must be prepared in advance of the chipping appointment and must meet all specified guidelines

Community Chipping Program Application

Community Chipping Program Application to go here.

2020 SCFSC Chipping Schedule

Lexington Hills Area

Application Due Dates

Project Type

Chemeketa Park

May 10

At-home & Community Pile

Redwood Estates – Day 1

April 25

Drive-up

Redwood Estates – Day 2

June 6

Drive-up

Hutchinson/Summit west of Hwy 17

Apr 13

 At Home

Summit Rd./Melody Ln./Mtn. Charlie Rd.

Apr 13

 At Home

Redwood Lodge Rd. / Summit Woods

Apr 19

 At Home

Montevina Rd. / Brush Rd / Hillside Drive

Apr 19

 At Home

Beardsley / Black / Thompson / Gist Rds.

Apr 26

 At Home

Highland Rd / Longridge Rd. / Stetson Rd

Apr 26

 At Home

Aldercroft Heights / Lupin Lodge / Soda Springs

May 11

 At Home

 Los Gatos below the dam

May 11

 At Home

Bear Creek Rd. / Bear Creek Stables

May 17

 At Home

Loma Prieta School / Rds. Between LDS & Catholic Churches / Villa del monte

May 17

 At Home

Oakmont / Wright Dr. / OSCH between Holy City and HWY 17

June 7

Community Pile & At Home

Gillette / Call of the Wild / Idylwild / OSCH between Summit and Holy City

June 7

 At Home

Chemeketa Park

June 13

At-home & Community Pile

Saratoga/Cupertino/Los Gatos Foothills Area

May 24

 At Home

South County Areas

South San Jose

Alum Rock / Felter Rd / East Foothills

May 1

 At Home

New Almaden

May 2

Drive up

Morgan Hill /Gilroy

Jackson Oaks

May 1

 At Home

Croy / Casa Loma

May 1

 At Home

Sycamore and Watsonville Rd

May 1

 At Home

Oak Glen and Llagas

May 1

 At Home

West Oak Glen and Willow Springs

May 1

 At Home

El Matador and Whitehurst

May 1

 At Home

Day Road

May 1

 At Home

Gilroy East

May 1

 At Home

Lexington Hills Area

Application Due Dates

Project Type

Chemeketa Park

May 10

At-home & Community Pile

Redwood Estates – Day 1

April 25

Drive-up

Redwood Estates – Day 2

June 6

Drive-up

Hutchinson/Summit west of Hwy 17

Apr 13

 At Home

Summit Rd./Melody Ln./Mtn. Charlie Rd.

Apr 13

 At Home

Redwood Lodge Rd. / Summit Woods

Apr 19

 At Home

Montevina Rd. / Brush Rd / Hillside Drive

Apr 19

 At Home

Beardsley / Black / Thompson / Gist Rds.

Apr 26

 At Home

Highland Rd / Longridge Rd. / Stetson Rd

Apr 26

 At Home

Aldercroft Heights / Lupin Lodge / Soda Springs

May 11

 At Home

 Los Gatos below the dam

May 11

 At Home

Bear Creek Rd. / Bear Creek Stables

May 17

 At Home

Loma Prieta School / Rds. Between LDS & Catholic Churches / Villa del monte

May 17

 At Home

Oakmont / Wright Dr. / OSCH between Holy City and HWY 17

June 7

Community Pile & At Home

Gillette / Call of the Wild / Idylwild / OSCH between Summit and Holy City

June 7

 At Home

Chemeketa Park

June 13

At-home & Community Pile


Saratoga/Cupertino/Los Gatos Foothills Area

May 24

 At Home

South County Areas

South San Jose

Alum Rock / Felter Rd / East Foothills

May 1

At Home

New Almaden

May 2

At Home

Morgan Hill /Gilroy

Jackson Oaks

May 1

At Home

Croy / Casa Loma

May 1

At Home

Sycamore and Watsonville Rd

May 1

At Home

Oak Glen and Llagas

May 1

At Home

West Oak Glen and Willow Springs

May 1

At Home

El Matador and Whitehurst

May 1

At Home

Day Road

May 1

At Home

Gilroy East

May 1

At Home

Use this checklist to prepare your material to be chipped

  • Create defensible space! From your house: 5’ non-combustion zone, 30’ clean & green zone, 100’ reduced fuel zone.*** Clear 10’ around chimneys, remove limbs overhanging your roof. Reduce fuel 30 feet from roads and clear 14’ over & 12’ wide on your driveway.
  • Pile location must be safely accessible to a large box truck and chipper trailer. Extremely narrow or steep driveways may not be serviceable.
  • 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.
  • Piles must be hand stacked. Limbs must be under 8 inches thick.
  • Cut ends must face the same direction and point out toward the chipper location. (see photo)
  • No timber harvest debris, vineyard or orchard waste.
  • No poison oak, ivy, or blackberry vines. No broom or acacia with seed pods, or other invasive plant materials.
  • No piles of leaves, pine needles or yard clippings. Only woody brush/branches.
  • No non-compostable materials (painted or preserved lumber, trash, metal, wire, etc).
  • No palm fronds, roots, stumps, rocks or mud.
  • Chips will be blown back onto your property or hauled off at the contractor’s discretion.
  • Make sure your street address is posted on the road.
  • Loose dogs may prevent chipping. Inform us if you have dogs.
***100’ reduced fuel zone required by law in State Responsibility Areas, and Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones in Local Responsibility Areas. See website for details about 30′ zones.