Personal Use Firewood
Anyone cutting firewood on the Forest is required to have a current information sheet and attachments, in addition to a valid permit. Personal use firewood permits sell for $10.00 per cord; minimum charge per permit is $20.00.
The Forest Service uses a four-level industrial regulation system (IFPL) to help prevent wildfires by regulating work activities in the forest. This includes firewood cutting.
Firewood season is currently closed.
Be aware of changing winter weather conditions. Forest Roads are not maintained for winter travel.
Weekly Firewood Information Sheets
Eastside Cutting Zone
Eastside Cutting Zone - Weekly Firewood Information Sheet
Eastside Active Timber Sale Areas: No Fire Wood Gathering:
Westside Cutting Zone
Westside Cutting Zone -Weekly Firewood Information Sheet
Weekly Information Sheet Attachments:
Clackamas River Ranger District Firewood Roads Table (Last Update: October 25, 2013) - If you follow the information on this roads table you do not need to submit a Special Request form on the Clackamas River Ranger District. Firewood on the Zigzag Ranger District is by Special Request only.
Special Request Firewood Form
Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits
Purchase Personal Use Firewood Cutting Permits and get more information at one of the Mt Hood National Forest Ranger District offices. Permits can no longer be obtained at the office in Sandy, Oregon.
The yearly cutting limit per household is 5 cords.
All districts may not have areas available during the season. Be sure to call for current information before making plans.
Firewood cutting areas are described on the information sheets, and you are required to have a current information sheet with your permit while cutting. Information sheets change weekly and show the status of each area. Information sheets are available at Ranger Stations, and this webiste.
Firewood cutters must have screen type spark arrestors on their chainsaws, carry a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher not less than 8 ounces, and a long handled shovel with an 8-inch blade.
Before heading into the forest, call your nearest Ranger Station for up-to-date information on supply and road conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Cord of Wood Diagrams.
Clearing Limits of Road Prism Examples
Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) System
The Forest Service uses a four-level industrial regulation system to help prevent wildfires by regulating work activities in the forest. This includes firewood cutting.
The following equipment is required anytime you are using a power saw during the fire precautionary period.
Saw – Exhaust system in good repair with a screen-type spark arrestor of 0.023” mesh or less.
Shovel – Long handled round point with 8” blade (size “0”) in possession of operator.
Fire Extinguisher – Pressurized chemical of not less than 8 oz. capacity by weight and in possession of operator.
Fire Precautionary period is normally from April 1 to October 31. To obtain fire precaution class for the next day, check with your local Ranger Station or National Forest Office where permit was issued.
Fire Precaution Classes and Restrictions for the Mt. Hood National Forest:
Level I – Carry equipment listed above and stay in area for one hour after power saw is shut off to watch for fire starts.
Level II – Carry equipment listed above, shut down power saws at 1 PM and stay in area for one hour after power saw is shut off to watch for fires.
Level III & IV – All woodcutting activity prohibited.
Call for current Industrial Fire Precaution Level: