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Woodside wood-chipper program aims to lower wildfire risk

To reduce the chances of wildfire in the Woodside Fire Protection District, crews will be coming around to neighborhoods in Portola Valley, Woodside and nearby communities, starting on Monday, May 5, to convert residents' excess brush and branches into wood chips.

The fire district's annual wood-chipping program lasts from May to November, with crews making one visit to every residential street in the district. The neighborhoods of Vista Verde, Los Trancos Woods and Blue Oaks will be first, on May 5.

Brush and tree branches less than 8 inches in diameter should be piled in neat stacks next to the road, with piles less than 10 feet high or wide and with cut ends facing the road. Eucalyptus and poison oak are not allowed, nor is wood embedded with nails or screws.

Go to this link for the schedule.

Go to this link for guidelines on how to trim and clear vegetation to create a wildfire-resistant environment.

For more information, call the fire district at (650) 851-1594 or go to woodsidefire.org.

Dave Boyce

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