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.
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.