Permits for firewood for personal use go on sale May 1 for the Umatilla National Forest.
They cost $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20. The maximum limit is 12 cords per household per year.
If permits are bought at a vendor rather than a Forest Service office, a $2 fee will be charged for each $20 permit.
Vendors include Smitty’s Ace Hardware in Hermiston, Southgate Mini-Mart in Pendleton, Conoco General Store in Dayton, Tollgate Store in Tollgate, PGG in Athena, and CHS — Farmers Market in Walla Walla.
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Cutters must keep a record of the date, time and quantity of firewood removed from federal land.
Those who start gathering firewood in early May are warned to take care not to get stuck on saturated roads. The Forest Service advises calling the main office at 541-278-3716 or the Walla Walla office at 509-522-6290 to check whether an area has accessible roads.
Later in the season, restrictions because of fire danger will be available on a recorded message at 877-958-9663 starting at 6 p.m. the day before restrictions begin or are lifted.