Vail wood chipping ends Oct. 26 |

Vail wood chipping ends Oct. 26

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail’s free curbside chipping service will end for the season on Oct. 26 to coincide with the last day for Vail’s seasonal wildland fire crew. The chipping service is available Monday through Thursday for trunks, limbs and slash up to 24 inches in diameter. Free property assessments also will be ending for the season Oct. 26. To make an appointment, call 970-477-3509. –

The two services are offered annually as an incentive for property owners to remove dead trees. The town’s dead tree ordinance requires property owners to remove dead or diseased trees within 30 days of notification. Tree removal permits are available online at

Vail’s four-person wildland fire crew has been on the job since June, assisting with tree cutting, piling, chipping, assessments and fire suppression efforts. This is the sixth year the town has funded the wildland fire crew.

Fire crew activities so far this season have included the cutting and piling of 225 trees throughout the town, plus six property inspections. In addition, 510 trees have been chipped and 215 piles of slash have been made. Crews are preparing to burn the piles as weather permits.

The hiring process for the 2012 wildland crew will take place next April. Projects planned for 2012 include removal of hazardous trees on town land in the Buffehr Creek area, 10 acres; plus, the Greenhill Court area, 5 acres; the golf course area, 5 acres; and Ptarmigan Circle, 2 acres.

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For more information, call Chief Mark Miller at 477-3474 or Tom Talbot, wildland coordinator, at 477-3509.

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