Firewise Information for 2019


The first  free chipping week (June 10-14) was a HUGE success! The Wildfire Mitigation Program of the Colorado Springs Fire Department has one more session scheduled for Discovery. There are still a lot of trees and shrubs to be trimmed and thinned or eliminated -- as well as dead trees and bushes to be removed -- before we are as safe as possible from wildfire. For instance, a large number of Juniper plants are now over 30 years old -- green on the outside and full of dead branches and air on the inside.  The CSFD commonly refers to these plants as "match sticks!"

Please keep in mind the following Chipping Program criteria:

  • Homeowners must sign up to participate
  • Residents must have had an onsite consultation OR attended a neighborhood chipping orientation meeting in the past 5 years
  • Material must be curbside by 8 AM Monday morning and will be picked up by the end of the week
  • Debris piles must be stacked appropriately; incorrectly stacked piles will not be picked up
  • The CSFD will not drive up and down every street looking for stray piles

Please see the attached flier for pile stacking guidelines

The Colorado Springs Fire Department attributes the success of the Wildfire Mitigation Program to the work that we all do to spread the word and support their efforts. Some of our residents may not have discovered our website yet; some are renters who may not receive our newsletters; others may choose not to read them. Whatever the reason, we received comments in the past that some of our residents would have participated had they only known! Please ensure your neighbors are aware of this great opportunity to make their properties -- and all of Discovery -- more fire safe. Thank you!

To sign up for chipping, residents may contact the Wildfire Mitigation Program Coordinator, Amy Sylvester, directly at (719) 385-7342, or you may sign up online at the Colorado Springs Fire Department website             

Direct your Fire-wise questions or concerns to:

Amy Sylvester
Wildfire mitigation Program Coordinator
Colorado Springs Fire Department
Office: (719) 385-7342
Fax: (719) 385-7344