The brush site on Hochmayr Drive in Chetek, open for brush from properties in the city of Chetek, town of Prairie Lake and town of Chetek, will be closed after Sunday, Aug. 18.

The brush site—not the compost site off of CTH D—is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Only brush, logs and tree stumps are accepted; no building debris or trash. The site is located opposite of 1425 Hochmayr Drive.

Once the brush is all mulched by Goettl Logging, of Chippewa Falls, it will be available, for free, to local residents before the mulch is hauled away at a later date.

An announcement will be made in following issues as to when the mulch can be picked up. Residents will be expected to load and haul their own.

Volunteers are needed to staff the brush site gate. They direct traffic, check loads for forbidden debris and check that the brush is coming from the local townships or the city.

Volunteer hours also help the local municipalities get disaster relief funding.

More volunteers are needed and they can sign up by going to the city website at or the Chetek Chamber of Commerce website at, and clicking on the volunteer sign-up link.

The city will not pick up brush from the curbside after Aug. 18.

The townships of Chetek and Prairie Lake asked that residents not put brush in the ditches and right-of-ways of roads.

Township residents are responsible for hauling their own brush or hiring a contractor and it will not be picked up by township crews.

A reminder: property owners should not assume their insurance does not cover fallen trees that are not on structures.

Other municipal brush sites and hours can be found by going to and clicking on the link “Barron County Storm Damage Information 2019.”

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