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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! Their goal is to encourage homeowners to remove green waste from around their homes and other structures on their land, creating a 'defensible space' protecting their property, our community, and our firefighters in case of catastrophic wildland fire.


Preparing Your Home In Case of Wildfire
  • 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.

  • Remove leaves and pine needles from your gutters.

  • Prune tree limbs to 6-10 feet above the ground.

  • Prune excess growth from your bushes and shrubs regularly.

  • Take all green waste to the curb for the Bear Jaw team to pick up and remove. Please follow their guidelines. 


Green Waste Pick-up Guidelines
  • Clear bags are provided free of charge and are available at the Highlands Fire Station #23 and the Pinewood Fire Station from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • All bags and slash piles must be on the curbside no later than the morning of April 25. 

  • We only accept 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 road 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 cannot 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. 


Willard Springs Open 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 located about 14 miles south of Flagstaff just west of Interstate 17 at Exit 326. 



Program Participant declares that he/she is the owner of the property or is his/her agent. Participant grants the Highlands Fire District, Pinewood Fire District and Bear Jaw Interagency Fire & Fuels permission to enter the property only for safety inspections, pile inspections, chipping services, and monitoring. Participants agree to waive and release all associated agencies, employees and governing boards from all liability arising from participation in this program.


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Pine Needle Clean Up and Haul Away Services


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Dead Wooding • Tree Thinning • Tree Pruning  • Wildfire Fuel Reduction


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Pruning • Removal • Trimming • Clean-up


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Pine Needle Clean Up and Haul Away Services



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Pine Needle Clean Up and Haul Away Services



Pine Needle Clean Up and Haul Away Services



Log the hours you, or someone you hired, to clean your yard. This will help Munds Park maintain our Firewise Community Status.
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