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Registration Opening March 1, 2021 for All Zones Free Palm, Arundo/Bamboo Recycling By GAFSC

Registration Opening for All Zones Free Palm, Arundo/Bamboo Recycling By GAFSC

Dry palm fronds, arundo, and bamboo are a fire hazard anywhere especially when within 5′ of a structure. You can correct these problems by using our Free Recycling Program.  We will haul your fronds, frond butt ends, bloom/seed pods (no trunks), arundo, and bamboo twice per year in all our zones.

We are able to do this thanks to Pioneer Landscape’s dedication and equipment as well as funds from the Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program.

The next Free Palm Recycling event will take place during the week starting 3/22 with on-line registration opening for all Zones in the am 3/01/21.  The deadline to register is 3/19 at midnight.

More information, including  our schedule, registration process, and rules, is available on our website home page at: www.greateralpinefsc.org

General Event Rules for 2021

  • EACH TIME YOU USE THE SERVICE, YOU MUST REGISTER ON LINE
    NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT FRIDAY, 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF THE EVENT

Each event is spread over a number of days

The TOTAL VOLUME [Length x Width at Base x Height] of piles must be less than 4000 cu ft.  

Note:  All materials must originate from the areas within 100 ft of your home and within 20 ft of your driveway and roadside or from your neighbor’s defensible space that overlaps onto your property.

Defined Rules – palm frond, arundo, and bamboo specific (red)

  • You must be the owner of the property in one of the Zones outlined on our zone map.
  • You may pay someone to create your defensible space, but you personally must register with GAFSC on our website.
  • Your piles must be fully staged by the Sunday evening (and for safety no earlier than 15 days) before the event to allow our crew to start our documenting process the following morning.
  • Stack materials no more than 4 ft high with the cut ends facing the roadside or accessible private driveway. In order to fit the trailer, limit material lengths to 15ftPalm trunks, dumped or old compressed, tangled piles or any staged for burning will not be eligible.
  • All piles must be within 5 ft of access point for the equipment. Note severe side slopes or down slopes are not acceptable. Please combine all materials at a readily accessible location on or near paved or well maintained on-property roads. Note, since our contractor’s equipment exceeds 37′ in length, piles staged where excessive maneuvering is needed will not be picked up.
  • Note: please do not include any other materials in your piles! NO, mud, rocks, construction debris or trash; NO bagged or bundled material, loose bark, leaf litter, succulent, poisonous material; NO stumps or any other root materials.
  • You do not have to be home for this curbside service.
  • Our Contractor follows Project Activity Levels set daily for San Diego County and will only work when deemed safe to use mechanical equipment.

Thanks for your interest in keeping our community safer from wildfire and watch for rattlesnakes!

Regards,
Dennis Larsen
Volunteer/Chipping Mgr
chipping@greateralpinefsc.org
or
info@greateralpinefsc.org

Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council (GAFSC) Free Curbside Chipping Program

Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council Free Curbside Chipping Program! Create your Home’s Defensible Space….Sign up for Free Curbside chipping to dispose of the trimmings! The chipping schedule and the online registration form are available on our Website Home Page at http://www.greateralpinefsc.org. Internet access is available at the Alpine and Descanso Libraries. Library Staff can assist you with on-line access and registration. We can no longer offer registration by mail or phone. The Chipping Program is supported by agency funding and community donations. You can also support this valuable service by sending us a tax-deductible donation.Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council at P.O. BOX 342 Alpine, CA 91903. For Complete Chipping Program information and all of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council services check the GAFSC Home Page or email info@greateralpinefsc.org

FREE Curbside Palm Frond and Arundo ONLY Chipping Available March 23-27, 2020

Mornin’ All Zones chipping fans,

On-line registration opens for ALL Zones on 3/02/20 for Palm & Arundo chipping ONLY.  This event will take place March 23-27, 2020.  No other materials are eligible for chipping during this event. Click here to sign up

This service will be available twice this year to customers in all our zones.  This is the first Palm/Arundo chipping event this year.

Event Specific Rules

Please follow the regular Curbside Chipping Rules but in addition, because of the special nature of Palm Fronds and Arundo, we ask that fresh cut materials dry for at least 2 weeks before the event.  When stacking your piles, we have found that having the stems, or big ends, face away from the chipper works best and they should be located where the chips may be piled since the chipper we use for these events cannot broadcast chips over a great distance!

Thanks for your interest in keeping our community safer from wildfire and watch for rattlesnakes!

Regards,
Dennis Larsen
Volunteer/Chipping Mgr
chipping@greateralpinefsc.org

https://www.greateralpinefsc.org/

 

Wildfire Preparedness Event for the Community of Alpine – June 8, 2019

The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council and Back Country Land Trust is having another great community education event for Wildfire Preparedness on Saturday June 8, 2019 at the Alpine Creek Town Center (In front of Barons & Kahoots) from 10am to 2pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about emergency preparation to help you get ready for wildfire and emergencies. Organizations will be on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions. For more info please contact Bonnie J. Burchill, Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program at 1-619-722-7512 or email bonnie@sunrisepowerlinkgrants.com

Reflective Fire Code-Compliant Address Markers

Do you know what the County of San Diego Consolidated Fire Code standards are for residential house numbers?

1. Numbers shall be placed on all new and existing buildings and at appropriate locations

2. Plainly visible and legible from the street or roadway fronting the property when approaching from either direction

3. The numbers shall contrast with their background or be reflective

4. Numbers shall be 4 inches high with a ½ inch stroke

The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council now provides support for creation of reflective address signs. The signs are $25.00 each, the 4” white numbers are reflective, the metal sign is either blue for parcels with a 4 inch standpipe and a 5,000 gallon or larger functioning water tank OR green for parcels without a water tank. The signs are easily seen at night, in the fog or smoke. To order sign if home is in the Alpine area: please call 1-469-993-4141. Year 2019 approved Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation grants must meet code address standards to receive a grant reimbursement.

The Alpine and other grant area Address Marker Order Forms are available at the Sunrise Grants office: 2241 W. Victoria Dr. Alpine. Grants office Phone: 1-619-722-7512

 

FREE Curbside Palm Frond & Arundo Chipping Year End Dates: November 12-16, 2018

Pilot Curbside Palm Frond and Arundo Chipping Program

Dear Chipping Fans,

As we noted several months ago we have been unable to chip palm fronds and Arundo but in 2018 all that changed!!  Now, courtesy of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, we have a brand new Eliet Pro Cross Country Chipper that solves that problem and we have started a pilot Curbside Palm Frond & Arundo Chipping Program!

In order to finish out this year our final event will take place in:           

Zone 5 & 7               November 12 – 16, 2018

This is your reminder that on-line registration opens for your Zones Monday, Oct. 22.  This event will follow the current Curbside Chipping process.

The news for 2019 is even better – we will offer this service twice per year to customers in all our zones!  I have attached the full Curbside Chipping Schedule for 2019 for your delight.

Additional Rules

You must follow the regular Curbside Chipping Rules but in addition, because of the special nature of palm fronds and Arundo, your green cut piles must dry out for at least 2 but no more than 4 weeks before the event.  When stacking your piles, we have found that is works better to have the stems face away from the chipper, but they should still be located where the chips may be piled.  The Eliet chipper cannot broadcast chips over a great distance!

And the good news is that this is a No Cost Service! For more info please email chipping@greateralpinefsc.org

Visit our website at www.greateralpinefsc.org

GAFSC FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING in WEST FIRE AREAS (Zone 3) – September 17-21, 2018

Registration is open for the GAGSC (Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council) West Fire Areas dedicated FREE CHIPPING EVENT in Zone 3 (See map here) during the week of September 17 -21, 2018. Registration deadline is September 14, 2018. This is a FREE SERVICE for Alpine residents. All you need to do is check out website to see if you are in this zone (We have other chipping dates for other zones) Stack your cut limbs and brush as instructed on our website and we will Chip it for you! Please see our website for more info: http://greateralpinefsc.org

If you have any questions at all please contact Dennis Larsen – Volunteer/Chipping Manager at chipping@greateralpinefsc.org

FREE CHIPPING of Downed, Charred, Trimmed Tree Branches in the VIEW STREETS – July 16-20, 2018

July 12, 2018 – Two of us with the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council (GAFSC) toured the View streets in Alpine yesterday and it appears that some folks may be interested in chipping downed &/or charred limbs or branches. This next week, July 16-20, is our regular Zone 3 chipping event which includes the View streets. We will chip ANY of the subject materials staged by the curb or along a driveway as we pass thru, registration will not be required and materials should be staged by Sunday the 15th.

We ask that our normal rules be observed, for clarity we cannot chip any building materials, and that the crew can get in and out; for more info see: www.greateralpinefsc.org.

*We intend to offer an additional stand alone Emergency Free Chipping event to the fire victims in this area at a time and date that is approved by AFPD Fire Marshal.

Thank you,

Dennis Larsen

Volunteer/Chipping Mgr

chipping@greateralpinefsc.org

 

Curbside Palm Frond & Arundo Chipping Programs Introduced by Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council!

The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council is introducing two new programs: A curbside palm frond and Arundo chipping program.

 

Dear Chipping Fans,

For years we have been unable to chip palm fronds and Arundo but in 2018 all that changed!!  Now, courtesy of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, we have a brand new Eliet Pro Cross Country Chipper that solves that problem and we are starting a pilot Curbside Palm Frond & Arundo Chipping Program!  We will start by offering this program once per year to customers in all our zones, following the schedule below:

Zone 1, 2, 3, 4: September 3 – 7, 2018
Zone 5, 6, 7: November 12 – 16, 2018               

We will advertise these events at the beginning of each quarter for chipping two months later.  We will send you a reminder by email then and another when on-line registration opens for your Zone, which will follow the current Curbside Chipping process.

Additional Rules

You must follow the regular Curbside Chipping Rules but in addition, because of the special nature of palm fronds and Arundo, your green cut piles must dry out for at least 2 but no more than 4 weeks before the event. When stacking your piles, make sure the stems face the chipper, and are located where the chips may be piled.  The Eliet chipper does not broadcast chips!

And the good news is that this is a No Cost Service!

For more info please email Neville Connell HERE or visit our website at www.GreaterAlpinefsc.org

 

 

$2,278.30 SUNRISE POWERLINK GRANT: Your Property May Be Eligible!

Fire Mitigation Grants Program Grants are available to eligible parcels to assist homeowners for the creation of defensible space or for approved residential structure hardening improvements.

However, last year, the grant ran out of funds early. If you are interested, be sure and put in your application ASAP! If you are the owner of an eligible property, you may submit a completed application and apply for a grant up to a maximum of $2,278.30.

Application Period Start: Jan 2, 2018
Application Period End: Mar 2, 2018
Work Completed: Jul 20, 2018
Receipts Received: Jul 31, 2018

FOR ALL DETAILS & APPLICATION PLEASE CLICK HERE

https://www.sunrisepowerlinkgrants.com/2018

 

Upcoming Informational OPEN HOUSE Dates in the Back Country:

Grants Program OPEN HOUSE – ALPINE 1/17/2018
Year 2018 Grants Program information Open House. SPFMG will be available to discuss grant program details and answer Questions. Wednesday January 17, 2018 6:00 – 7:30 PM Alpine Community Center 1830 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, CA 91901

Grants Program Presentation – Boulevard 1/23/2018
Grants Program Presentation Old Boulevard Fire Dept Training Room 39919 Hwy 94 Tuesday January 23rd 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Grants Program Presentation – Potrero 1/25/2018
Grants Program Presentation Potrero Library 24883 Potrero Valley Road Thursday January 25th 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Grants Program Presentation – Descanso 1/27/2018
Grants Program presentation Saturday January 27th Descanso Library 9545 River Drive 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Grants Program Presentation – Jacumba 1/30/2018
Grants Program Presentation Tuesday January 30, 2018 Highland Center 44681 Old Hwy 80 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 

For additional information please call 619.722.7512 or email info@sunrisepowerlinkgrants.com