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It's that time of year again! Time to prepare our properties against the threat of wildfires and keep our status as a firewise community. 

The Bear Jaw Community Cleanup program is FREE to all residents! The Bear Jaw crew want to encourage homeowners to remove green waste from around our homes and other structures on our land, creating a ‘defensible space’ protecting our property, our community, and our firefighters in case of a catastrophic wildland fire.


Preparing Your Cabin for Wildfire Season
  • Remove pine needles and other green waste from gutters.

  • Remove leaf/pine needles within at least 10 feet of your cabin.

  • Cut down or thin trees to create defensible space on your property.

  • Remove tall, dry grass from the property surrounding your home.

  • Trim branches that overhang your cabin, porch, and deck, and prune branches of large trees 6 to 10 feet from the ground.

  • Prune excess growth from your bushes and shrubs regularly.

  • Take all green waste to the Willard Springs green waste site (Free Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) If you cannot get it to the curb for the Bear Jaw Crew to pick up and remove, please follow their guidelines on page 5.


Bear Jaw Community Cleanup Guidelines
  • FREE clear bags will be provided for our community at the Highlands Fire Station #23 and the Pinewood Fire Station from Monday through Friday, 8a to 4p.

  • All bags and slash piles must be on the curbside before the morning of April 24.

  • There is a limit of up to fifteen (15) clear bags of green waste (pine needles and leaves) per property.

  • If you clear woody vegetation from around your home and stack it in a slash pile along the road with the cut ends towards the street, allowing the crew to work safely—NO mechanical (tractor, bulldozer, etc.) stacked piles.

  • Piles should be no higher than four (4) feet and placed within five (5) feet of the road edge.

  • Tree trunks and limbs up to 6” in diameter will be accepted. Larger items will not be accepted due to the size of the chipper.

  • Cut brush will be accepted unless prohibited below.

Prohibited Items
  • NO Poison Oak, Ivy, cactus, weeds, or items with thorns will be accepted. Items that do not meet the criteria will be left on site.

  • Absolutely NO household trash, construction waste, lumber, wood with nails/screws, rocks, or animal waste.

  • Branches or trees bigger than 6”.


Willard Springs Opens (April 1 - October 31, 2023) for Free Green Waste-Only Disposal

If you have extra bags (or colored bags) of green waste, please note that the Willard Springs Green Waste Station is open for free green waste only on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. through the end of October. The station no longer accepts bulk or household waste. Willard Springs is about 14 miles south of Flagstaff, just west of Interstate 17
at Exit 326.

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