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Neighborhood Chipping Program

The Montecito Fire Department is sponsoring critical fire prevention clean-up projects in your neighborhood.

In preparation for wildfire, the Montecito Fire Department works in collaboration with identified neighborhoods to assist residents in improving community defensible space. You do the cutting and our contractor will chip the vegetation on-site and take it away.

Interactive Neighborhood Chipping Map

The Montecito Fire Department now has an Interactive Neighborhood Chipping Map. Type in your address for your neighborhood's chipping date details. 

2022 Chipping Schedule For the weeks beginning:

February 14 El Bosque, Bolero, Hodges, Juan Crespi, El Dorado, Live Oaks, Moore, Las Tunas, Fuera Lane
February 28 Lower Romero, Oak Grove, Alisos, Olive, Piedras, Veloz, Lilac, Feather Hill, Camino Del Rosario, Knollwood, Tabor, Orchard
March 14 Upper Romero, Park Hill, Bella Vista, Park, Park Lane West, Tollis, Winding Creek, Buena Vista, Glen Oaks, Via Monana, East Mountain (1800 block)
March 28 Lower Hot Springs (500-800 blocks), Para Grande, Riven Rock, Ashley, Ayala, Cold Springs
April 11 Alston, Woodley, Glenview, School House Lane, Cota Lane, E. Pepper Lane, Pimiento
April 25 Chelham, Dawlish, Stoddard, Cloydon Circle, Paso Robles
May 9 Arcady, Knapp, Cowles, Cottage, El Rancho, Sky View
May 23 Sierra Vista, Nicholas, Ridge View, Canyon View, Sycamore Vista, Ranchito Vista, Calle Elegante, Calle Hermosa, Crest View
June 6 East Mountain (100-1600 block), Irvine, Brooktree, Upper Hot Springs (900 block), Oak Creek Canyon
June 20 West Mountain, Coyote, Banana Road

How to participate in the annual program:

  • START CUTTING YOUR VEGETATION in advance of your scheduled neighborhood clean-up date. Focus your efforts within 100’ of structures and roadways, in the area known as your “Defensible Space Zone”. Visit for more information.

Chipping Pile Examples Graphic

  • CHIPPING SERVICES FOR SHRUB AND TREE LIMB MATERIAL WILL BE PROVIDED BY OUR CONTRACTOR. This material should be stacked at the edge of a passable road with the cut ends pointing to the center of the road. Leaves, succulents, agave, pine needles, palm fronds and other small trimmings cannot be chipped. It is the property owner’s responsibility to properly dispose of these items or they can be placed in the provided MarBorg roll-off containers.
  • ROLL OFF CONTAINERS will be strategically placed in certain neighborhoods. The containers will arrive the Wednesday prior to the scheduled chipping start date and will remain in place for 7 days. The containers are only for the vegetation that cannot be chipped and are not to be used for trash disposal. For exact locations, please reference the table below with Neighborhood Chipping Roll-Off Container Locations or visit the Interactive Neighborhood Chipping Map. 
  • TAGGING AND TRIMMING Roadside tree branches extending beyond the minimum clearance requirements set in the Montecito Fire Code will be identified by Fire District personnel. These branches will be removed by a professional tree service during the scheduled neighborhood project. This service provides adequate roadside clearance for emergency vehicles and safer evacuation routes for residents.
  • CHIPPING SCHEDULE: Crews will start chipping on the Monday of your neighborhood’s scheduled week. To participate in the program, all material needs to be in place by 8:00 am Monday morning. If the vegetation is not easily seen from the street, please call Montecito Fire so they can ensure it is marked for removal. The identified schedule must be followed so all participants can be included in the annual program.

Please follow the above instructions to ensure the continued success of the Neighborhood Chipping Program.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a complimentary property survey, please contact our Wildland Fire Specialists: Maeve Juarez or Nic Elmquist at (805) 969-7762 or email [email protected].

2022 Neighborhood Chipping Roll-Off Container Locations

Neighborhood Drop-Off Date Chipping Start Date Pick-up Date Address
El Bosque February 9 February 14 February 16 711 El Bosque Road
Lower Romero February 23 February 28 March 2 2110 Alisos Drive
Lower Romero February 23 February 28 March 2 2195 Veloz Drive
Upper Romero March 9 March 14 March 16 2299 Bella Vista Drive (Fearing Trailhead)
Upper Romero March 9 March 14 March 16 Turn out east of 909 Romero Cyn. Rd.
Upper Romero March 9 March 14 March 16 936 Park Lane just east of Buena Vista Trail
Lower Hot Springs March 23 March 28 March 30 760 Ashley Road
Lower Hot Springs March 23 March 28 March 30 567 Para Grande
Alston April 6 April 11 April 13 1315 Pepper Lane
Chelham April 20 April 25 April 27 681 Chelham Way
Arcady May 4 May 9 May 11 621 Cowles
Arcady May 4 May 9 May 11 651 Cowles
Sierra Vista May 18 May 23 May 25 445 Nicholas Lane
Sierra Vista May 18 May 23 May 25 350 Calle Elegante 
East Mountain June 1 June 6 June 8 1090 East Mountain Drive
East Mountain June 1 June 6 June 8 Turn out west of 485 E. Mountain Dr.
West Mountain June 21 June 20 June 28 Turn out west of 225 W. Mountain Dr. (2 roll-offs)

Click here to view an overview of map locations.

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