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Firewood cutting permits now available posted on 05/01/2019

(MT) – Mountain residents can obtain firewood cutting permits for the Mt. Hood National Forest at the Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 Hwy. 26.

The permits sell for $10 per cord with a minimum charge of $20 per permit. Residents may harvest up to 6 cords per household.

The U.S. Forest Service advises gatherers that some roads may be inaccessible due to lingering winter conditions including fallen trees, rock slides and snow accumulation.

Firewood availability may change from week to week depending on supply and access and cutters are advised to refer to the current firewood information sheet posted at the ranger district office and on the firewood web page. Anyone cutting firewood must have in their possession a valid permit with current firewood tags, a Mt. Hood Firewood Map and a current information sheet.

To maintain that Mount Hood has a sustainable firewood program, gatherers need to adhere to the following guidelines: do not fall standing trees, dead or alive; carry saws equipped with a .023-inch or smaller mesh spark arrestor; a long-handled shovel with an 8-inch round point blade; and a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher 8 ounces or larger.

Also, it is advised to call the local district office (503-622-3191) for up-to-date conditions before going into the forest.

The Zigzag Ranger District is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m.), Monday through Friday.

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