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Our Next Community Chipping Day








Firewise & Chipping

We are a Firewise Community and take actions as a community to mitigate fires. Here’s the latest full Community Firewise Assessment that was completed for Arrowwood III and our latest program certificate. To maintain our program status every year as a community we host Chipping Days and provide opportunities for community members to be trained.

A free class is being offered by the Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church Emergency Preparedness Group (EPG) to anybody in the community to become certified as a Neighborhood Ambassador in Wildfire Risk Assessments.  More information about this program is available in their Wildland Fire Risk Reduction Training Program for Neighborhood Ambassadors flyer.  Anybody who is interested in this type of class through the Association in the future, can contact our Firewise Committee Contact.

Fire mitigation activities underway this year within our community:

  • Tuesday, July 19th @ 6pm:  Fire Mitigation Informational Meeting provided by our neighbor, Andre Mouton. Andre is the leader of the Emergency Preparedness Group, Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church (which has received national recognition). Here’s link to the presentation: 
  • Wednesday, July 27th, 4:30-6:30pm: Firewise Home Assessment Demo
  • Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) in August will be carrying out fire mitigation work on utility easements throughout the Arrowwood III neighborhood. There is a 10 ft easement either side of the utility lines so the work could be anywhere within that 20 ft easement. More information on these easements and the work was mentioned in our July newsletter.
  • It is highly recommended that brush and trees are cleared along roadways for ingress / egress of emergency vehicles.  For roads in Arrowwood III this would be a 60 ft wide distance across the roads (30 feet from the center of the street). 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends preparing your home for fires by treating the three zones surrounding your house and paying attention to tree spacing. What are ladder fuels?  More information is on their websiteWith the proper fire mitigation actions, your property can be saved when a wildfire occurs.

Our Next Community Volunteer Chipping Date: October 8th, 2022

After the success of the previous volunteer chipping days, the AIA board has decided to continue with volunteers rather than use a commercial company. Below is our chipping participation and charge policy:

  • Chipping leads will survey all properties with slash week prior. 
  • Ensure limbs are butt-to-the-street; If NOT, no chipping; Mixed configuration will be charged a minimum of $20. 
  • We plan on hauling the resulting chips away from the neighborhood. If you want your chips, you MUST notify Steve Merveldt or Lonnie Wheeler prior to chipping day (2 Oct) 
  • Owners who do NOT assist will be charged a minimum of $25.  Owners who assist with their own slash may not be charged.  
  • Slash piles that take longer than 15 minutes, and where the owner does NOT participate will be charged up to $50. 
  • No “duff” or small branches that can be placed in trash cans will NOT be processed.  Small branches are defined as less than 18 inches in length.
  • Seniors who are physically unable to participate are exempt. However, their slash piles must meet the configuration identified above. If not, owner will be charged a minimum of $20. 
  • Please notify Lonnie [440-0954] or Steve [440-8551] if you are physically unable to assist with the chipping  

The AIA board is requesting volunteers. If you are interested in helping with or have any questions regarding this effort, please contact Steve Merveldt.

An alternative to our community volunteer chipping event is use of a local Slash Disposal. These are also great alternatives to smaller items like pine needles and small branches that cannot be handled during our Chipping Days.