Dear Homeowners,

It’s that time of year again!🌲🌳🔥

While we have had quite a bit of moisture lately, we all know that our dry hot summers makes our property more susceptible to fires. Each of us needs to think about fire mitigation and decide what is appropriate for our lot. The fire department has guidelines for defensible space to help us do just that.

Note: The fire department will only save homes that have been mitigated. If you don’t make your home space safe and there is a fire, they will not try and save your home.

Another concern of the fire department is doing mitigation of trees along the roadway so in case of a fire, the department can get its equipment safely in and out.

I hope each of you will consider doing some mitigation which will help us keep our subdivision safe.

Below you will find some resources to help with your mitigation. The prices are very reasonable. If you have any questions, please call the Evergreen Fire Department.

Evergreen Fire Rescue Chipping Program

You can protect your home from wildfire with help from the Evergreen Fire Rescue Chipping Program. We are dedicated to helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing chipping of branches, logs, and small trees.

If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we will chip it for you.

The charge for chipping is $50.00 per household, and allows a total of 5 piles stacked neatly and separated, with dimensions of 5' wide x 5' deep x 5' tall. Full guidelines are posted below. If you have more than five piles you can sign up multiple times.

You can also have the chips hauled off your property for disposal.

The charge for chipping 5 piles of slash and hauling off your property is $75.00.

Chipping Guidelines

Accepted materials include trees, logs, and branches up to 10 inches in diameter, free of nails, wire, dirt, and rocks.

The following restrictions apply:

No construction or building materials, treated lumber, fence posts, or signs.

No shrubs, root wads, stumps, dirt, or rocks. These items clog and damage chipping equipment.

No grass clippings, trash, weeds, bags of leaves, raked yard waste, or rotten wood from the ground will be ac-cepted.

Tips will not be accepted but donations to Evergreen Fire/Rescue are welcomed.

Pile Guidelines (See Image Below for Example Piles)

Piles must be stacked by 8 a.m. on the selected chipping day. Chipping will take place throughout the sum-mer, as fire activity permits . Improperly stacked piles, and any piles stacked after 8 a.m, may not be identi-fied or collected.

Stack piles neatly (no bags or ropes/ties), with the large cut ends of branches facing the road.

Place piles within 5 feet of the roadway, but not touching the road or down in drainage ditches.

Maximum pile size is 5 'x 5' x 5'. You can submit multiple payments for multiple sets of 5 piles. We will chip all piles available when we come by your address.

After crews have removed your piles, clear away any remaining branches, needles, and debris leftover.

Do not combine piles with neighbors' piles or place piles in other neighborhoods.

No piles that have been created by any machinery will be chipped.

Have your piles ready by the date you select in your application, and we will come chip them within 3 weeks of this date.

There is an Online Application Form for the Spring of 2021on the Evergreen Fire Department Website.

Thank you very much for your support of this program.

If you need assistance with your online form, please visit Evergreen Fire Rescue at 1802 Bergen Parkway or call (303)551-2774, and we will be happy to assist in completing your application.

If you would like to rent saws which includes gas and oil to help with your mitigation, see contact information below:

Saw Trailer:

Contact Scott or Paul regarding availability sadams@evergreenfirerescue.com 303/679-4729  or pamundson@evergreenfirerescue.com 303/679-472.

LAST NOTE: If you go to the EMHA website at emha.us and go to the heading Fire Preparedness. There you will find links informing you on how to make your home and land as fire safe as possible.

Evergreen Meadows HOA