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The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD) is implementing a residential fuels Roadside Chipping program, a Neighborhood Chipping program, and Community Chipping events to help encourage continued vegetation maintenance in the county.  The ARCD will administer the chipping services program through a grant awarded by the California Fire Safe Council.  This chipping program is open to all Amador County residents that first pile vegetative slash along roadsides or driveways, then submit a request for chipping service (see below, but please review all requirements first). The ARCD will send an industrial chipper and crew to the site to process the roadside slash.  The program will provide the community the ability to process vegetative debris, or residents can bring their green waste to one of the scheduled Community Chipping events throughout the county. 




The Amador Resource Conservation District (ARCD) will host Community Chipping Events at various locations throughout Amador County in 2023.  Landowners will be able to bring vegetation material cleared from their own properties to these Community Chipping Events, in which a contractor and industrial chipper will be used to chip the material. Click the Community Chipping Event link at the bottom of the page for more information.


Roadside and Neighborhood Chipping is available for residents of Amador County. Once vegetation is cut and piled by the landowner, the landowner should submit an application for Roadside Chipping.  Click the Roadside Chipping link at the bottom of the page for more information.



Keep your property lean and green to help protect your family and home.

Defensible space, coupled with home hardening, is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Defensible space is the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it helps protect your home from catching fire—either from embers, direct flame contact or radiant heat. Proper defensible space also provides firefighters a safe area to work in, to defend your home.

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 Defensible Space Zones

Zones 1 and 2 currently make up the 100 feet of defensible space required by law. Assembly Bill 3074, passed into law in 2020, requires a third zone for defensible space. This law requires the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to develop the regulation for a new ember-resistant zone (Zone 0) within 0 to 5 feet of the home by January 1, 2023. The intensity of wildfire fuel management varies within the 100-foot perimeter of the home, with more intense fuels’ reduction occurring closer to your home. Start at the home and work your way out to 100 feet or to your property line, whichever is closer.





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