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Chipping aids in fire prevention

Sarah Moffitt, The Park Record

The Park City Fire District will offer its free wood chipping service this summer to help residents remove yard debris that could be a fire hazard.

According to Park City Fire Captain Scott Adams, the fire district performs the wood chipping for free throughout the district every year.

"Last year we probably got chipping requests from between 500 to 600 residents," he said. "Some people only need us once, but for those who need us twice we charge a nominal fee just to help cover gas and equipment upkeep."

Residents who need a second wood-chipping service will be charged $100 and each additional request will cost $150.

Adams said residents’ yard debris must be no more than eight inches in diameter and no more than six feet long in order to fit in the chipping machine.

"This year we are really pushing the program since it is a high fire-risk summer and this will help get rid of some wildfire fuel," he said. "Residents can either choose to keep the wood chips or we can take them to our fire house on Bitner Road where other residents can come and pick them up."

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Adams said the fire district has already received numerous chipping requests since they began the program two weeks ago and will be continuing to take requests until the end of August.

"People don’t need to rush and clear their yards now, they have all summer to compile branches and call us out," he said. "Usually we respond to a request within a week or two and go by neighborhood."

For more information or to schedule a chipping date, call the Park City Fire Service District Fire Prevention Bureau at 435-940-2532, or stop by the office at 736 W. Bitner Road.