Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction efforts in the Pine/Strawberry community including brush pick-up.

Fire danger has grown enormously in recent years for the entire Rim Country. Tree density has changed from 3-10 trees per acre in 1900 to, in areas, over 1000 per acre today.  Many of the largest wildfires in Arizona’s history have impacted this area, including the Willow (119,500 acres), the Cave Creek Complex (248,310 acres), and the Edge Complex (71,624 acres).  

Each year more than 150 wildfires are reported in the Rim Country from lightning strikes or human carelessness, each one capable of economic devastation and loss of life and property.

Our ability to live safely in this fire environment depends greatly on pre-fire activities taken by residents to protect lives and property.  Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. has a history of active participation in wildfire prevention programs and activities (learn more about PSFR…).

Latest News on Fuel Reduction

  • Please Do Not Pile Your Brush! - We’ve heard from the Fire Department that people are finding old news stories on our site about the free brush pickup programs from previous years, and piling brush in front of their properties. As of May 2016 there is no longer a brush pickup program (see more information). Please do not leave piles at your...
  • Discontinuation of the Brush Pick Up Program - To: Property Owner’s in Pine & Strawberry Re: Discontinuation of the Brush Pick Up Program From: Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. It is with extreme regret that the P/S Fuel Reduction Board sends you this notice that the Pine and Strawberry Brush Pick Up Program will no longer be continued. We have received donations totaling less...
  • Information for the 2016 Pine/Strawberry Brush Pick-Up - Note! Don’t Pile Your Brush As of May 2016 there is no longer a brush pickup program (see more information). Please do not leave piles at your curb, unless you are prepping to haul your own brush. Old Program Information: As needles fall and brush grows back, keeping our properties clear is extremely important for...
  • 2015 Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction Roadside Brush And Leaf Bag Pick-Up - Note! Don’t Pile Your Brush As of May 2016 there is no longer a brush pickup program (see more information). Please do not leave piles at your curb, unless you are prepping to haul your own brush. Old Program Information: This program is for do-it-yourself property owners who do not have a truck or trailer...
  • First Fuel Bank Project - This was the first project The Pine Strawberry Fuels Reduction Committee took on.  The Committee, consisting of Mike Brandt, Al Christianer, Mark Fumusa, Tom Hadley, Clark Helmkamp, Sherry Machemer, Andy Ooms, Christy Powers, Walt Smith, Toni Sorel, Arvid Thompson and David Ward, developed and spearheaded this project to fund maintenance of the fuel break on...

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  1. Do you have any plans to pick-up utility trailers full of fire fuel? I have a 6X8 utility trailer made from an old pick-up truck. I usually fill it with tree limbs and pine needles about twice a year. My problem is that I have trouble unloading it, which must be done by hand. Please let me know if you would be interested in helping me. Otherwise I will have to hire someone to assist.
    Thank-you
    Dennis Wood

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