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Neighborhood Fire Prevention Project

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

2021 Chipping Schedule For the weeks beginning:

February 22nd El Bosque, Bolero, Hodges, Periwinkle, Juan Crespi, El Dorado, Live Oaks
March 8th Lower Romero, Oak Grove, Alisos, Olive, Piedras, Veloz, Lilac, Feather Hill, Camino Del Rosario, Knollwood, Tabor, Orchard
March 22nd Upper Romero, Park Hill, Bella Vista, Park, Park Lane West, Tollis, Winding Creek, Buena Vista, Glen Oaks
April 5th Lower Hot Springs (below East Mountain Drive), Para Grande, Riven Rock, Ashley, Ayala, Cold Springs
April 19th Alston, Woodley, Glenview, School House Lane, Cota Lane, E. Pepper Lane, Pimiento
May 3rd Chelham, Dawlish, Stoddard, Cloydon Circle, Paso Robles
May 17th Arcady, Knapp, Cowles, Cottage, El Rancho, Sky View
June 1st Sierra Vista, Nicholas, Ridge View, Canyon View, Sycamore Vista, Calle Elegante, Calle Hermosa, Crest View, Ranchito Vista
June 14th East Mountain, Irvine, Brooktree, Upper Hot Springs (above East Mountain), Oak Creek Canyon
June 28th 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].

2021 Neighborhood Chipping Roll-Off Container Locations

Neighborhood Chipping
Start Date
Drop-off Date Pick-up Date Address
El Bosque February 22nd February 17th February 24th 711 El Bosque Road
Lower Romero March 8th March 3rd March 10th 2110 Alisos Drive
Lower Romero March 8th March 3rd March 10th 2195 Veloz Drive
Upper Romero March 22nd March 17th March 24th East of 909 Romero Canyon Road
Hot Springs April 5th March 31st April 7th 780 Ashley Road
Alston April 19th April 14th April 21st 1315 Pepper Lane
Chelham May 3rd April 28th May 5th 681 Chelham Way
Arcady May 17th May 12th May 19th 621 Cowles
Arcady May 17th May 12th May 19th 651 Cowles
Sierra Vista June 1st May 26th June 2nd 445 Nicholas Lane
Sierra Vista June 1st May 26th June 2nd 350 Calle Elegante 
East Mountain June 14th June 9th June 16th 1090 East Mountain Drive
West Mountain June 28th June 23rd June 30th (2) West of 225 West Mountain Drive
West Mountain June 28th June 23rd June 30th Turn out East of 354 E. Mountain Drive

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