Big Bear Valley, CA, June 25, 2013 – During the free Curbside Vegetation Chipping Program that began in 2005, several thousand tons of vegetation were collected and chipped each year.  While the program has ended along with its funding, there is still work to be done on private property.  Residents and property owners are still highly encouraged to continue with their efforts in creating and maintaining defensible space. While creating defensible space, the primary goal is to remove overgrown, dense brush, small trees, limbs, and dead material.  It is also important to clear weeds, pine needles and fallen leaves.

Fire Chief Jeff Willis calls the efforts “vital to the fire fighting tactics and keeping our community safe.”

For more information on creating defensible space, visit our website  Or call the Big Bear Fire Department at (909) 866-7566.