Fall FireWise Roadside Slash Pickup Project
– Kenai Peninsula Communities are working to improve Fire Safety –
Dead spruce trees or thick concentrations of spruce within 100 feet of structures can increase the risk of home ignition by a wildfire. A FireWise property is Lean, Clean, and Green.
PROJECT AREA: all of K-Beach Road, excluding city limits of Kenai and
Soldotna and all roadside areas south of Soldotna to the end of East End Road.
The Fall FireWise slash pickup project was initiated for 5 Community Wildfire
Protection Plan (CWPP) areas that requested assistance with slash disposal. These plans
include K-Beach/Kasilof/Cohoe/Clam Gulch; Ninilchik/Ninilchik Forties; Anchor
Point/Happy Valley/Nikolaevsk; Homer/Kachemak; and Diamond Ridge/Fritz Creek/Fox
River. Completed CWPP’s and Plan areas may be viewed at the Kenai Peninsula
Borough’s Spruce Bark Beetle website, www.borough.kenai.ak.us/sbb.
Duration of Project:
Slash will be picked up and transported from August to the end of September.
RULES and GUIDELINES for Slash Pickup:
You must call and get on the schedule to have slash picked up. Only pile slash on your
privately owned property or join with a neighbor to consolidate piles. Piles must be ready for pick up when equipment arrives.
Slash will only be picked up from along a maintained road with a year-round, all-weather surface. Slash must be placed 15 feet to 30 feet from the edge of the maintained roadway.
Private driveways may be accessed for the first 75 feet from the roadway and only with the execution of a damage waiver. Neither the contractor nor the State or Borough will be
responsible for damage to driveways. No driveways steeper than 12% grade will be accessed. Piles may be placed to within 6 feet of driveways as long as they are at least 15 feet from the maintained roadway.
DO NOT stack material close to or under power lines, gas meters, guard rails, phone and utility pedestals, or mail boxes. Large piles may be loaded with equipment.
Avoid piling slash in water or mud and do not block the water flow in the ditch.
Place material in concentrated piles, NOT small piles. Piles must be a minimum quantity of 2 cubic yards. Maximum length of slash is 8 feet long and for logs over 6 inches in diameter is 6 feet long. Consider saving logs for firewood.
Stack branches in the same direction for ease of loading.
NO STUMPS or duff and peat piles: piles including stumps and berms will not be picked up. Smaller piles will be moved by hand; please avoid putting Devils Club in piles.
Absolutely no trash, construction debris, boards, furniture, recyclables, railroad ties, or stumps are permitted; absolutely NO METALS or ROCKS. Do not bag material.
Individual branches and small piles will not be picked up. Fine materials left after pickup are the responsibility of each owner. You will need to follow up afterward at your site.
To sign up or confirm your CWPP area call:
Spruce Bark Beetle Mitigation Program
For more information call:
Alaska Division of Forestry