Get your CHIP together and call ThinIsIn.org for debris removel
Keep your home safe by being firewise with defensible space
Get your CHIP together, then log into ThinIsIn.org for removal of tree and brush trimmings.
This means clear the brush and trim back trees and vegetation to create clear space around your building for fire safety, and then contact ThinIsIn.org and a crew will come dispose of the debris at no charge.
Fuel reduction through trimming vegetation overgrowth is one of the most important actions homeowners can take to reduce the threat of wildfire around their homes. High fire conditions will persist in the Big Bear Valley, and due to a wet winter season, residents should expect to see rapid growth of vegetation.
Residents are asked to be diligent through the summer months by creating and maintaining a firewise property. This action supports the overall goal of being a firewise Big Bear Valley.
The popular curbside chipping program provided by Big Bear Fire Department begins early this year. Online registration opens May 15, 2017 at ThinIsIn.org.
Crews will begin chipping after June 1. Fire Chief Jeff Willis said, “Many residents have built their homes and landscaped without fully understanding the impact that a wildfire could have on them. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ the next major wildfire will threaten Big Bear Valley.
“The chipping program is free to residents and an easy way to remove tree and brush trimmings from their property.”
The chipping program has been highly successful helping residents create defensible structures. Advanced planning and preparation are key elements to ensuring your property is firewise. Be ready for the next wildfire by taking steps in advance of the summer and fall months ahead.
Funding for the chipping program is provided through a CAL FIRE State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund, the city of Big Bear Lake and your local Big Bear Fire Department.
On an interesting side not, the Big Bear Fire Department was recently involved in searching for bombs during a scare at a local elementary school. See the story at http://kvbb945.com/big-bear-elementary-school-bomb-threat/.