Chipping Program


As of 9/1/2020, NWFPD will no longer be able to run the chipping program this year. The county only has 2 chippers available for the fire districts to use and NWFPD’s allotted time for a chipper has ended. You may call back in April 2021 to reserve a spot on next year’s chipping list.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have made chipping piles on or near public roads, we ask that you do your best to move them away from the road if they will disrupt plowing operations this winter.

You can still bring slash to the Fairplay Transfer Station located just north of NWFPD’s Station 2 on HWY 285 in Fairplay.

Here is a link to the location of the Fairplay Transfer Station:

North-West Fire Chipping Program

North-West Fire Protection District is helping residents and property owners create defensible space by providing free chipping for branches, logs and small trees. If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile, we’ll chip it at no cost to the homeowner.  Residents have two options for discarding materials: Bring material to NWFPD Station 2 or pile material along the road beside your residents and NWFPD will bring the chipper to you. Please note wood chips will be dispersed on residence property.   

Materials Guidelines

Accepted materials include trees, logs and branches up to 12 inches in diameter, free of nails and wire. The following restrictions apply:

  • No willows or cottonwood: Willows and cottonwood have high moisture content, so they help to slow the spread of fire.  They also clog chipping equipment because they are very fibrous. 
  • 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 or bags of leaves.

Pile Guidelines

Chipping and collection will take place on weekends.  Please contact North-West Fire with your address for materials to be chipped.  Improperly stacked piles, and any piles stacked after 8 a.m. on Saturday, may not be identified or collected.

  • Stack piles neatly (no bags), with the large ends of branches facing the road.
  • Place piles within 5 feet of the roadway, but not touching the road or in drainage ditches.
  • Maximum pile size is 5 ‘x 5′ x 5’. There is no limit on the number of piles you may put out. If you have more than 20 piles, please notify us one week prior to your chipping date.
  • After crews have removed your pile, clear away any remaining branches, needles and debris.
  • Do not combine piles with neighbors’ piles.

Example of a “Good Pile”

Example of a good slash pile for chipping program

Example of a “Bad Pile”

Example of a bad slash pile for chipping program


For more information on the NWFPD chipping program, call or email Kyle Stamp (719) 836-3150,