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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:

If you have any questions at all please contact Dennis Larsen – Volunteer/Chipping Manager at

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:

*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


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



$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



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

GAFSC (Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council) Free Alpine Chipping Program Changes for 2018

Hi Chipping Fans! Last year was a fabulous year in our world of Defensible Space due to all of your hard work creating and/or maintaining your defensible space!  But as the year progressed, we found that each two-zone chipping event became a larger and larger challenge for our chipping crew to complete in the week allotted because of volume of brush you all cut and stacked.  And that is a GOOD thing!  The downside was that our crew was overwhelmed at times and our service to you customers suffered.  So in 2018 we are revising our procedures to create more customer and crew friendly events.   Please check out these new procedures and schedule for 2018 on Our Website (

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The first change is that each event will be for one zone only.  So when registering, please use our new Zone Map to confirm which zone your project property is in.   Then note that each event is now spread over the number days our chipping crew will be working.   Finally, note that the TOTAL VOLUME [Length x Width at Base x Height] of your pile MUST be less of 4000 cu ft.  If you have multiple piles, add the volumes of each pile to get your Total Volume.


Thanks for your interest in keeping our community safer from wildfire.

Dennis Larsen

Volunteer/Chipping Mgr

Wildfire Preparedness Day at the Alpine Community Center – May 20, 2017

Alpine’s National Prizewinning Project at the Alpine Community Center

On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) is hosting a “Wildfire Preparedness Day” at the Alpine Community Center from 9am-12noon. Come see the fuel-reduction demonstration project along Alpine Creek (behind the Alpine Academy/Julian Charter School). This project will showcase the work of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council and East County Transitional Living Center and demonstrate to homeowners what a good defensible space project should look like. Volunteers will have the chance to participate in protecting and enhancing native plants on-site or helping with clean up along the creek. Local organizations on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions include:
* Alpine Fire Protection District
* Sunrise Powerlink Grants Program
* Back Country Land Trust
* Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council
* East County Transitional Living Center
* State Farm Insurance / Laurie Hallihan

BBQ lunch provided by Kiwanis Club of Alpine! Funding for this project provided by grants from the: California Fire Safe Council, National Fire Protection Association, State Farm Insurance, with in-kind contributions from Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council, Back Country Land Trust, Alpine Community Center and Alpine Kiwanis Club.

Back Country Land Trust




FREE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FAIR for East County Residents – March 2, 2017

All are invited to the FREE Emergency Fair on March 2, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm at Mountain Empire High School (3305 Buckman Springs Rd., Pine Valley, Ca. 91962) Learn how to prepare before during and after a Fire, Earthquake, Wind Storm, Flood, Drought or Terror Attack. We are encouraging as many people as possible to attend. There will be a lot of organizations and agencies with very important information to share. The event goes for three hours, so there is plenty of time to drop by. There will be prizes and snacks. Brought to you by the Real East County Fire Safe Council. For more info please call (201) 890-3344 or email


Vote for ALPINE to Receive Grant to Clean Up Around Alpine Community Center!

SurveyThe Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council in conjunction with the Back Country Land Trust is applying for a small grant to conduct a community day to clean-up around the Alpine Community Center. We’ve learned that to receive the grant, we must have people “vote”.  You can vote more than once but must vote on a different day. (once per day per email address!)

  • Proposed Project: On May 6th, GAFSC will organize and host a “Wildfire Awareness Fair,” at which volunteers will participate in a fuel-reduction demonstration project around our town’s community center. We are seeking funds to support our outreach efforts and to recruit community volunteers.

    Our partners on this project (in alphabetical order) are the Alpine Fire Protection District, the Alpine Community Center, the Alpine Academy / Julian Charter School, the Back Country Land Trust, and the Kiwanis Club of Alpine.

    Our “Fuel Reduction Demonstration Project” will use volunteers to create defensible space around the local community center and charter school buildings. All tools and equipment will be donated, and brush chipping provided for free.

    Each of our partner groups will set up outreach booths, and volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions and engage with visitors. The local Kiwanis club will provide a picnic lunch for all visitors and volunteers.

    The NFPA grant will offset the costs of organizing and hosting an event of this size and will ensure that the event is widely announced, well attended, and is an exemplary community effort.


**Click on the VOTE BUTTON below and vote for our project with BCLT, Kiwanis, Alpine Fire, Alpine Community Center, and ECTLC:

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Submitted By:
Diane Francis
Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council




GAFSC FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING For Alpine Residents – 2017 Schedule

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1-31-11 GAFSC at our house! (3)FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING for Alpine residents! You cut it – we will chip it! (and you can even KEEP the wood chips for your landscaping!) We can only chip in the zones scheduled, check our Zone Map on our website to confirm which zone you are in, if you are not sure please contact us.  Also, our new registration program will not accept late entries.  When you submit your registration form you will immediately receive confirmation, be put on the list and we receive a notification of your request. Please review the rules and see our Zone Map on our website at


                                                      Zones 3, 4                       March 3
Zone 5                             March 17
Zones 6, 7                       March 31
Zones 1, 2                       April 14
Zones 3, 4                      April 28
Zone 5                             May 12
Zones 6, 7                       May 26
Zones 1, 2                       June 9
Zones 3, 4                       June 23
Zone 5                             July 7
Zones 6, 7                       July 21
Zones 1, 2                       August 4
Zones 3, 4                       August 18
Zone 5                             September 1
Zones 6, 7                       September 15
Zones 1, 2                       September 29
Zones 3, 4                       October 13
Zone 5                             October 27
Zones 6, 7                       November 10
Zones 1, 2                       December 8                      


Only online registration is now available – we can no longer offer registration by mail or phone.

If you do not have internet, internet access is available at the Alpine and Descanso Libraries where Library Staff will help you access and fill out our registration form. Both of these  libraries are ADA compliant.
Please help support this valuable service  by sending tax-deductible contributions to:
Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council, PO Box 342, Alpine, CA 91903 

Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING for Alpine Residents – Zone 3 & 4

GAFSC Logo_FREE CHIPPINGRegistration for the GAFSC FREE CURBSIDE CHIPPING will be open for Zones 3&4 2/20/17 and it will close on 2/24/17 at midnight.  This event will take place during the week ending 3/3/17, your actual chipping day will depend on workload and weather.

Please be sure your piles are staged by Sunday evening 2/26,  they will start documenting as early as Monday the 27th.  Please do not add to your piles; chipping could start as early as Tuesday.  *Note: they will only chip what was documented; also our contractor has the final say on pile eligibility.

An advisory email on scheduling will be sent out prior to the pre-visits and chipping; you can call our chipping crew supervisor, Jon Heuberger, at 619-415-1681 starting Monday afternoon, the 27th, if you have any questions or comments or email him at

Since we have a new chipping crew foreman, who may not have been to your property yet, please be specific with your ‘Special Instructions’; “same as always” or “usual place” may not help them.

Go to for all the information you need and to register.  Please read all our rules and guidelines on our website and registration form.  Don’t miss this opportunity to get caught up with maintaining your defensible space.


Dennis Larsen
Volunteer/Chipping Mgr