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Fire department, county, Madras Sanitary work together on free event this weekend, May 4-5.

HOLLY M. GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - The Jefferson County Fire District's FireFree event, in partnership with Jefferson County and Madras Sanitary, continues this weekend, May 4-5.If you didn't get to it last weekend, no worries, you clean up the overgrown bushes, trees and shrubs around the place this weekend — and get rid of them for free.

This weekend, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 4-5, is the second FireFree Community Cleanup weekend.

Thanks to Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, Jefferson County and Madras Sanitary, the transfer station will be accepting free drop-offs of limbs and brush and other yard debris free of charge during standard transfer station hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Last weekend was very successful, according to Tom Jaca, maintenance captain for the JCFD. "We had a very good first weekend in Jefferson County," he said. "We took in 473 loads of material, which accounted for 81.55 tons, which is about a 30% increase over 2017 or 2018 intake. We are hoping that next weekend's event will be as successful."

Standard garbage rates apply for drop-offs other than accepted limbs and debris. Loads that have garbage mixed in will not be accepted.

The 19th annual event is only open to Jefferson County residents, and only limbs up to 8 inches diameter are accepted. At the heart of the program is the effort to make the community more resistant to wildfire and to better protect homes from wildfire.

The transfer station is located at 1760 SE McTaggart Road in Madras.

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