Currently, there is a wait list for the no cost chipping program (chipping service is dependent upon funding availability). If you are on the wait list, it is NOT a guarantee your property will be chipped.
Please follow the link below to the on-line form to add your property to the wait list (the form is not a guarantee your property will be chipped).
If you do not have access to the internet, call the Fire Safe Council at 619-562-0096 for assistance.
Chipping service is dependent upon funding availability.


  Guidelines to know before your chipping crew arrives

no ground-clearing disturbance permitted while removing tree limbs or brush

chipping crew is not responsible for moving brush beyond a 5' distance from the chipper

no palm, cactus, poison oak, or ice plant will be chipped

brush must be free of mud, rocks, and other debris 

maximum six-inch diameter on cut limbs

piles no more than six feet high, and within five feet of road edge, and with cut ends facing road

piles must be fully accessible for chipping equipment and crew

chipped material to be left on-site in the area, not hauled away

brush or limbs that have been mechanically removed (by tractor or bulldozer) will not be chipped

brush or limbs that have been cleared or stacked with a tractor, or bulldozer, will not be chipped

contractors are provided with a schedule; final scheduling decisions are made by the contractor based on location


Before Chipping
After Chipping


Note: The No-Cost Chipping Program for fuel reduction is offered in targeted communities and are subject to availability of funding. Communities may be added or removed without notice (see list below).




Barona Mesa

Black Canyon

Boulder Creek



Chihuahua Valley

Corte Madera

Deerhorn Valley





Harmony Grove



Greater Julian

Lake Morena

Lawson Valley

Lyons Valley

Mesa Grande


Rural Poway



San Pasqual

SD Country Estates

Santa Ysabel

Sherilton Valley

Sunshine Summit

Valley Center

Warner Springs



Note: For Alpine Residents, the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council
has a chipping program available to residents in the Greater Alpine Community:

Guidelines for thinning existing vegetation and maintaining different vegetation densities can be found by linking to our defensible space page here.

The No-Cost Chipping Program is administered by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County in partnership with the Fire Safe Council San Diego County. Funding is provided by a National Fire Plan grant from the Cooperative Fire program of the U.S. Forest Service through the California Fire Safe Council.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.