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Neighborhood Fire Prevention Project

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

2020 Chipping Schedule For the weeks beginning:

March 2nd El Bosque, Bolero, Hodges, Periwinkle, Juan Crespi, El Dorado, Live Oaks
March 16th Lower Romero, Oak Grove, Alisos, Olive, Piedras, Veloz, Lilac, Feather Hill, Camino Del Rosario, Knollwood, Tabor, Orchard
March 30th Upper Romero, Park Hill, Bella Vista, Park, Park Lane West, Tollis, Winding Creek, Buena Vista, Glen Oaks
April 13th East Mountain, Irvine, Brooktree, Oak Creek Canyon, Ashley, Ayala, Hot Springs, Para Grande
April 27th Alston, Woodley, Glenview
May 11th Chelham, Dawlish, Stoddard, Cloydon Circle, Paso Robles
May 26th Arcady, Knapp, Cowles, Cottage, El Rancho, Sky View
June 8th Sierra Vista, Nicholas, Ridge View, Canyon View, Sycamore Vista, Calle Elegante, Calle Hermosa, Crest View, Ranchito Vista
June 22nd 1-1000 East Mountain, West Mountain, Coyote, Banana

In preparation for the next wildfire, the Montecito Fire Department works in stewardship 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.

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.
Neighborhood Fire Prevention Project
  • 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 visit our website or call (805) 969-7762.
  • 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 evacuations 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 Fire Prevention Project.

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].

2020 Neighborhood Chipping Roll-Off Container Locations

Neighborhood Chipping
Start Date
Drop-off Date Pick-up Date Address
El Bosque March 2nd February 26th March 4th 711 El Bosque Road
Lower Romero March 16th March 11th March 18th 2110 Alisos Drive
Lower Romero March 16th March 11th March 18th 2195 Veloz Drive
Upper Romero March 30th No Roll-Off No Roll-Off No Roll-Off
East Mountain April 13th April 8th April 15th 1090 East Mountain Drive
Alston April 27th No Roll-Off No Roll-Off No Roll-Off
Chelham May 11th May 6th May 13th 681 Chelham Way
Arcady May 26th May 20th May 27th 621 Cowles
Arcady May 26th May 20th May 27th 651 Cowles
Sierra Vista June 8th June 3rd June 10th 445 Nicholas Lane
Sierra Vista June 8th June 3rd June 10th 350 Calle Elegante
West Mountain June 22nd June 17th June 24th West of 225 West Mountain Drive
West Mountain June 22nd June 17th June 24th Turn out East of 354 E. Mountain Drive

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