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Chipper helps reduce fire season danger

Original post made by Andrea Gemmet, Almanac staff writer, on Jun 6, 2007

Woodside Fire Protection District's annual chipper program is in full swing. Free of charge, the District offers the use of its wood chipper to residents who go through the trouble of trimming tree branches and clearing brush to reduce the danger of wildfire.

Extra precautions are being taken this year to prevent the spread of Sudden Oak Death, says Fire Marshal Denise Enea.

The chipper travels to various neighborhoods through the summer. A schedule is posted on the fire district Web site here: Web Link

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Posted by Angela Hey
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Jun 13, 2007 at 10:51 pm

I really appreciate the chipper program. It would also be good if you could just get the firemen later in the season too - fall is a good time to prune branches - maybe a free service for a certain amount, then a paid amount for more. Maybe if its not really the job of the fire brigade some entrepreneur or the town or the garbage company can offer a chipper service - I know I can rent one from the hardware store in Portola Valley - but I'm terrified to use it - even though I don't mind chain saw, loppers or pruners.

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