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More than 26 loads of branches and brush turned into mulch

FALLBROOK – The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council sponsored a "chipping day" on Saturday, April 29, at North County Fire Protection District Fire Station 3, 2309 Rainbow Valley Blvd. from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event was offered to residents of Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow.

The goal of the event was to provide a centralized location for the residents to have branches, less than six inches in diameter, trimmed brush, palm branches and other cut vegetation from their properties chipped/shredded into mulch.

Support for the event came from seven volunteers from Camp Pendleton, 16 members of the Rainbow CalFire Station, CalFire's chipping crew led by Captain Stuart Sharp, two members of the Fallbrook Sheriff's Senior Volunteer Patrol and the five members of the Fire Safe Council, in cooperation with NCFPD management.

The event was supported by a grant from the San Diego Fire Foundation and SDG&E. Throughout the event, more than 18 community members brought over 26 loads of material to the site producing over 30 cubic yards of untreated mulch. The untreated mulch was made available to the public for pick-up on a first-come basis.

Based upon the success of this event, Dorothy Roth, facilitator of the Fire Safe Council, said that "the success of this event demonstrates the commitment of the community to make Fallbrook fire safe. The council will be looking at sponsoring more chipping days in the coming months."

The Fallbrook Fire Safe Council is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization working within a broad coalition of private and public sector organizations and people to provide education and information that fosters fire safety preparedness within the Fallbrook, Bonsall, DeLuz and Rainbow regions.

The council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the North County Fire Protection Administration office at 330 S. Main Ave. at 9 a.m. Visitors and interested parties are welcome to attend.

Submitted by the Fallbrook Fire Safe Council.


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