OJAI VALLEY WILDFIRE SAFETY & FUEL REDUCTION PROGRAM

Offering curbside and drop-off chipping to residents of Ojai, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte, Oak View, Casitas Springs, Foster Park, and the surrounding areas

Together, we’re reducing the risk of wildfire for the whole community. 
Take advantage of this FREE chipping opportunity!

 

Eligible material: tree branches and trunks up to 6” in diameter, and woody shrubs.  

Materials that cannot 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.

 

CURBSIDE CHIPPING 

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.

2021 CURBSIDE DATES:

May 21

June 21 – 23

July 16 – 17

September 10 – 11

Registration in advance is required. All areas are eligible for each month’s curbside event, and you may sign up for multiple visits.  For multiday events, we’ll confirm your exact date a few days beforehand.  Curbside chipping begins at 8am each day; please plan to have your material stacked and ready the night before. 

 

CURBSIDE SIGN-UP FORM

 

DROP-OFF CHIPPING 

The C.R.E.W. is located at HELP of Ojai West Campus, 370 Baldwin Road, Ojai

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. 

 

2021 DROP-OFF DATES

May 15

June 5

July 10

Additional late summer and fall dates will be announced in June

 

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 Ojai Valley Wildfire Safety & Chipping Program is offered by The C.R.E.W. in partnership with the Ventura County Resource Conservation District.  Funding has been provided by a generous grant from the CA Fire Safe Council.

SUPPORT THE C.R.E.W.

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.