The Maine Forest Service's Fuel Reduction Chipping Program will offer free brush chipping Tuesday, May 27 to homeowners near Alford Lake or Lermond Pond.

The program is designed to help communities reduce the risk of wildfire near their homes and seasonal camps.

It will be set up on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on when the homeowner contacts Rob Pfeiffer of the Alford Lake Lermond Pond Association at 763-4405.

Homeowners will need to place tree limbs and brush roadside. The size of brush is limited to 2 to 4 inches in diameter and must have been cut or gathered recently. The Maine Forest Service will provide the woodchipper, an operator and a truck to haul the wood chips. Several volunteers from the community will be needed to load the brush into the chipper. Homeowners can keep wood chips if they wish.