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.

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. More information is on their website.

Our Next Community Volunteer Chipping Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

After the success of the previous volunteer chipping days, the AIA board has decided to continue with volunteers rather than use a commercial company. 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 can not be handled during our Chipping Days.

The Chipping plan and rules for this year (2021):

1.  Chipping leads will survey all properties with slash week prior (29 May).
  1. Ensure limbs are butt-to-the-street; If NOT, no chipping; Mixed configuration will be charged a minimum of $20.
  2. Advise owner if chip piles remain – limbs will NOT be chipped if previous year’s chips have not been moved.
  3. No “duff” or small branches that can be placed in trash cans.
2.  Chipping participation and charge.
  1. NOTE: This year 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 (5 June).
  2. Owners who assist with their own slash may not be charged.
  3. Owners who do NOT assist will be charged a minimum of $25.
    • Slash piles that take longer than 15 minutes, and where the owner does NOT participate will be charged up to $50.
  4. 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 or Steve if you are physically unable to assist with the chipping.
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