Firewood permits for the Umatilla National Forest go on sale May 1 for the season that lasts through November.
Permits for wood for personal use cost $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20. The maximum allowed is 12 cords per household per year.
Firewood cutters are required to carry an axe, shovel and 8-ounce or larger fire extinguisher. Chainsaws must have an approved spark arrester. During the summer firewood cutting may be restricted on certain days. Announcements will be made by 6 p.m. on the day before a restriction goes into effect. To check for restrictions, call 877-958-9663.
This time of year getting stuck is a greater hazard. Vehicles should stay on roads and emergency supplies should be packed, says the U.S. Forest Service.
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Permits are available at Umatilla National Forest Offices and also commercial venders, which are open more hours but charge a $2 vender fee.
Permits are sold at the CHS Farmers Market in Walla Walla, Smitty’s Ace Hardware in Hermiston, Conoco General Store in Dayton, Southgate Mini-Mart in Pendleton, and Pomeroy Foods and Last Resort in Pomeroy.