OJAI & SANTA PAULA WILDFIRE SAFETY PROGRAM
Serving Ojai, Santa Paula, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Oak View, Casitas Springs, Foster Park, and surrounding areas
FREE chipping to reduce wildfire risk for the whole community!
Accepting tree branches and trunks up to 6” in diameter, and woody shrubs.
Materials that can’t be chipped: dirt, metal, nails, barbed wire, garbage, rocks, grass, leaf piles, vines, lumber, bamboo and arundo, palm trees and fronds, and soft vegetation like cacti or vegetable plants.
Households are welcome to participate in both curbside and drop-off events, and to participate multiple times.
Together we’ll remove cut wood and other fuels that increase the risk and impacts of wildfire. And the best part – you get to keep the chips! That’s right, we’ll leave freshly cut wood chips right on your property for use in mulch and landscaping.
Registration in advance is required, and you may sign up for multiple visits. Curbside chipping begins at 8am each day; please plan to have your material stacked and ready the night before.
There is no pre-registration for drop-off days. Bring your secured green waste between 8am and 1pm, and C.R.E.W. staff will take care of the rest. Please note that only eligible green waste that is not mixed with other materials will be accepted. You will not be able to take chips back home in order to prevent the spread of tree pests and disease.
BRUSH CLEARANCE FOR SENIORS
Free defensible space service is available for residents who are low-income, disabled or senior citizens (age 65+), or veterans.
Through this service, households receive 100′ defensible space around structures, including tree limbing up to 6′ height. This programs helps households meet fire department requirements and best practices for fuel reduction and fire safety.
Complete the REGISTRATION FORM and we’ll follow up to schedule your clearance day! Call The CREW office at 805-649-8847 with any questions.
The C.R.E.W. provides employment and leadership training to teens and young adults through hands-on environmental work. Since 1991, C.R.E.W. members work year-round to maintain trails, restore habitats, and reduce the risk of wildfire, while building skills and developing relationships that last a lifetime.