We wish to thank everyone for their work clearing their properties and creating defensible space. We had over 500 requests for Chipping service this year. We still have over a 150 requests yet to fill and this will carry us through till the end of October.
The Mammoth Lakes Fire Protection District provides a free chipping service to Mammoth Lakes residents which consists of chipping tree trimmings and dead or downed tree limbs. The use of this program is not intended for contractors or landscapers. This program assists community members in their efforts to create and maintain adequate defensible space at their homes and properties. Defensible space is the buffer between a residence or structure and the trees, shrubs, grass or plants that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire, as well as to protect the firefighters who respond.
Since 2007, Mono County has partnered with MLFD to promote defensible space by providing wood waste waivers to residents for the Pumice Valley Landfill on Highway 120 East, 5 miles east of Highway 395. Gate fees will be waived at the landfill for a load of clean wood waste (580 pounds/one cubic yard) per coupon, or one load of flammable organics per coupon. Coupons are limited to two per resident. The use of this program is not intended for contractors or landscapers. It is intended for individuals who would like to increase defensible space on their property by clearing it of limbs, shrubs, brush and flammable organics. Please visit the administrative office at Station 1 to pick up your wood waste coupons.
Here's how you can help our chipping crew.
Do not include piles of pine needles, grass, bushes, brush, trash, rocks or dirt. These materials will damage the chipper, and they will not be removed by our crew.
Absolutely no willows or manzanita will be accepted. These types of plants get tangled in the chipping blades and damage the machine.
Limbs must be no larger than 10 inches in diameter. Stumps, roots and lumber will not be accepted.
Please organize limbs and branches so that the large ends are pointed towards the street. This will make it easier for our crew to load the pile into the chipper.
Piles must be curbside and easily accessible. Pile must not exceed 20 feet in length, 6 feet in height and 6 feet in width.
Chipping requests are no longer being accepted for the 2023 season. If you still need to dispose of green waste, we have vouchers available at fire station 1 for the Lee Vining land fill.