Nearly 50 people had signed up as of Tuesday to have stacks of woody items chipped for free Friday, May 15, which filled up the roster, chipping project coordinator Mike Walsh said in a May 9 email.
Meanwhile, house-by-house defensible space inspections continue, a joint exercise between trained Fire Department personnel and Cal Fire inspectors Jonathan Gee and Steven Escobedo.
A map exhibited May 6 during a state-level news conference showed areas where inspections had been done, with some marked as complete and others as needing an additional inspection once clearing is done.
Now, Walsh is asking people to sign up for the next event, set for Monday, June 15.
It’s all a measure of how concerned people are about fire risk during this fourth year of drought, their desire to create defensible space around their homes and their willingness to do what has to be done, he said.
Those on the May 15 list should remember that material to be chipped must be less than 5 inches in diameter and no longer than 7 feet.
The material must be stacked at the curbside the night before and clearly marked with red flagging tape that the Cambria Fire Department provided for free.
The chips will be blown back onto the same property in an area close to the wood stack. Property owners must identify that area, too.
For the first time, because of the severity of the drought and the fire danger, the chipping service is available for undeveloped lots, too.
The free chipping is a service of the county Fire Safe Council, Cambria Community Emergency Response Team, Cambria Fire Department and California Conservation Corps crew members.
For details, call the Fire Department at 927-6240.
Fire chief to speak
Mark Miller, chief of the Cambria Fire Department, is continuing his fire-awareness public-education campaign.
Today (Thursday, May 14), he’ll be at the Joslyn Adult Recreation Center at 4 p.m.
Miller will talk about fire safety, forest health and the need for defensible space and evacuation preparation, among other topics. He’ll tell people how to sign up for emergency-alert text messages (Reverse 911 and Nixle) and answer questions.
The center is at 950 Main St.
For details, call the center at 927-3364 or the Fire Department at 927-6240.