Each year, chipping services are offered to those homeowners who reside within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District located in portions of the Foothill and Extreme Foothill High Fire Hazard Areas of Santa Barbara’s foothills. Chipping services are provided to encourage property owners to create a defensible space and provide a cost effective way to dispose of cut material.
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Not sure which Chipping Area you are in?
Click on the image below to get a larger map of the Chipping Areas within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District.
*Please note that West Mountain Road and Coyote Road are now in the same chipping area.
Chipping Complete for 2023!
We would like to thank all homeowners within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District that utilized our chipping services this year in order to help dispose of their cut vegetation created by maintaining their Defensible Space areas around their home. This year we successfully chipped over 500 tons of cut vegetation. Since 2008 we have successfully chipped and removed over 5700 tons of vegetation as part of the annual chipping services. Additionally, we were able to recycle 100% of the chipped material as mulch which was given to homeowners.
Chipping Schedule for 2024 will be released in the Fall of 2023
A copy of this schedule will also be sent out in the annual WFSAD Newsletter. Please review the scheduled chipping dates and make sure your cut material is placed in front of your home no later than the first day chipping is scheduled to begin in your area. Also, make sure that your cut vegetation is visible from the roadway and placed in front of your home no sooner than 2 weeks before chipping is scheduled to begin in your area. Crews will not make second passes through chipping areas.
Please click here for detailed chipping instructions.
If you have any questions about annual Defensible Space Chipping Project or would like to schedule a Voluntary Defensible Space Inspection and you live within the Wildland Fire Suppression Assessment District, please contact Chris Braden with the City of Santa Barbara Fire Department at (805)564-5737.