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Help us understand your wildfire preparedness needs!

Are you struggling to prepare your home and property to survive the impacts of wildfire? Do you need support to manage wildfire prone vegetation (hazardous fuels) around your home, along your access routes, or in strategic locations on your property?

Select one of the two tabs below to learn more about current offerings.

  1. Chipping Services
  2. Other Hazardous Fuel Reduction

The Humboldt County Fire Safe Council is offering free chipping services to help residents dispose of debris generated from fuels reduction work around their homes. In other words: you cut, we chip!

Currently, this service is planned for Spring 2023 in the following areas: 

  • Shelter Cove and greater area, including Ettersburg, Whitethorn, and Whale Gulch
  • Southern Humboldt greater area, including Garberville, Redway, Benbow, and Salmon Creek 

Vegetation to be chipped will be inspected and must conform to the requirements linked below. Please note that this service is for disposal of brush and branches only and is not for tree removal.

Before responding, please review the CHIPPING GUIDELINES.

For assistance filling out the form, call (707) 296-1498 or email the FSC Coordinator.

General/countywide program rep: email Tanner Speas

Southern Humboldt program rep: email Damien Roomets

Fill out the Chipping Services Interest Form.

Community Wildfire Protection Plan

The 2019 Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is the culmination of two years of collaboration among the members of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (HCFSC). The final draft was certified by the Board of Supervisors, CAL FIRE, and Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association.

Fire Safe Council Responsibilities

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (Board) formed the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council (FSC) in 2002. The members of the Board continue to support the FSC so that it may oversee the maintenance and implementation of the Humboldt County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and, when appropriate, to inform and make recommendations to the Board. View the current Board Resolution governing the FSC on the Members, Agendas, & Minutes page.

Fire Safe Councils can take many forms and operate at different scales—learn more on our our local Fire Safe Councils page.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Humboldt County Fire Safe Council is to:

  • Serve as a forum for the implementation of the CWPP.
  • Share fire-safety related information.
  • Assess fire risk.
  • Promote community fire-safe planning and coordination.
  • Link fire-prevention programs.
  • Support beneficial fire (prescribed fire, cultural burning, and managed wildfire where appropriate) 
  • Support the fire service (including local volunteer fire departments and companies) and local Fire Safe Councils / Firewise Communities.