Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District

Curbside Chipping

Serving Zephyr Cove, Stateline, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Curbside Chipping

Click here to request curbside chipping

Chipping Guidelines


Over the past ten years, TDFPD has spoken with thousands of homeowners about defensible space and wildfire prevention, and we have heard that disposing of slash, cut limbs, brush and pine needles is the most significant impediment people have to creating adequate defensible space. In response, the Zephyr Crew will run our community chipping program from approximately May 15 through October 15 of each year.

Please note the following guidelines when requesting this service:

  • Piles must be curbside and easily accessible.
  • Limbs must be no larger than six inches in diameter.
  • Please organize sticks and branches so that the large end is pointed toward the road so that it can be easily grabbed and pulled into the chipper.
  • Please note that the pile must not contain stumps, roots, garbage, nails, lumber, or dirt. Dirty pine needles and other raked debris is very damaging for chippers, so please try to keep piles clean.

We try to haul all chip and provide it to BMP contractors or for other erosion control projects. If you want the chip left on site, please let us know on your form.   Please note that wood chips are a very flammable surface fuel that can carry fire to your home. Do not place wood chip within five (5) feet of the home or in large areas within 30 feet of the home. Chips will not be left on site if homeowner is not present.  Download this PDF to learn more about the Combustibility of Landscape Mulches...

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Once your form has been received, you will be scheduled for chipping. All efforts will be made to complete chipping within two weeks of receiving your request form, however, no guarantees can be made. We are unable to schedule individual appointments or provide advance notice. Large piles may be chipped over several visits. Please call (775) 588-3591 if you have questions.

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