The Amador Resource Conservation District wants Amador county residents to begin preparing for the coming fire season. To help, they are administering a residential chipping program available to all Amador county residents. This program will help Amador residents reduce hazardous fuels and wildfire risk in their communities and throughout the county. With next the next fire season quickly approaching vegetation maintenance around homes and along access and evacuation routes is vital for mitigating the impact of catastrophic wildfire in the area. 

This program is funded through a grant provided by the California Fire Safe Council with limited funds available. To serve as many Amador county residents as possible, the Amador Resource Conservation District is offering six free community chipping day events beginning March; in Ione, Sutter Creek, River Pines, Pine Grove, Volcano and Fiddletown. All events are available on Friday and Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Amador county residents should remove hazardous fuels from around their homes and driveways, then haul the slash and woody debris to the nearest event. The Amador Resource Conservation District hired contractors and crew and will be accepting residential green waste to process into chips for disposal. 

If you are not able to make it to one of the events the Amador Resource Conservation District is accepting requests for door-to-door service. 

To qualify for the program Amador residents must first cut vegetation and stack slash piles along their driveway or roadside with the cut-ends facing out towards the road. After the slash piles have been staged, submit a request for chipping services intake found at www.amadorchipping.org, and the contractor will schedule a day and time to process the slash. Requests will be serviced on a first-come/ first-serve basis with applicants nearest each other batched together and given the highest priority.

This residential roadside chipping program will be administered until the grant funds are exhausted or December 2021. The Amador Resource Conservation District hopes to demonstrate the value of chipping in Amador county and a continued need for the service after the grant funds are spent. 

For more information about one of the community chipping day events, to request door-to-door service, or to host your own community chipping day event, visit the Amador Resource Conservation District online at www.amadorrcd.org/chipping.

Free Chipping Days Schedule

Clear defensible space and haul the vegetation between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on either the Friday or Saturday of the event, and have the green waste disposed of for FREE.

• March 5/6 ­— Charles Howard Park, 600 South Church Street, Ione

• March 12/13 — Sutter Hill Fire Station, 11600 CA-49, Sutter Creek

• March 19/20 — River Pines Fire Station, 15035 Highway E-16, River Pines

• March 26/27 — Pine Grove Fire Station, 19597 CA-88, Pine Grove

• April 2/3 — Lockwood Station 151, 23141 Shake Ridge Road, Volcano

• April 9/10 — Fiddletown Fire Station 123, 14410 Jibboom Street, Fiddletown