Fremont-Winema National Forest Firewood Permits Available April 1

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 541-883-6715; Lisa Swinney 541-947-6261

Firewood CuttingKlamath Falls, Oregon – On Tuesday, April 1, personal-use firewood permits will be on sale at all Fremont-Winema National Forest offices. Forest officials stress that it is extremely important for firewood cutters to pay special attention to the terms and conditions of their permit.

Firewood permits can be purchased for $5 per cord with a minimum charge of $20 for any quantity less than four cords. A cord is the amount of wood in a stack four feet wide by four feet high by eight feet in length. The maximum amount that may be purchased for personal-use firewood is eight cords per household per year.

Motorized access specifically for the removal of firewood (under permit) is allowed 300 feet off roads within areas where firewood cutting is permitted. Unlimited motorized access off roads may be allowed in specific areas when such access is stated and will be shown on individual handouts.

Even though permits are available, some designated cutting areas could still be inaccessible due to snow or wet conditions. Woodcutters should contact their local Ranger District office for up-to-date road conditions before heading out to cut wood.

Proper and responsible use of vehicles on Forest roads is important to ensure roads remain in good shape for all visitors. Causing damage to roads and other Forest resources can be a violation of federal regulations, which could carry a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Forest officials also suggest woodcutters avoid driving off the road onto wet, unstable ground to load their firewood. This will help prevent them from getting stuck or leaving behind large, deep ruts.

Late spring and early fall are the best times to cut firewood. In mid-summer, as the woods dry out and temperatures heat up, restrictions may be imposed due to severe fire danger. Chainsaw operations on the Fremont-Winema National Forest must abide by the requirements of the Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL).

Information on the IFPL or current restrictions may be obtained by calling the Lakeview Interagency Fire Center at 541-947-6259 or visiting its Web site at:

Designated firewood cutting areas have different closing dates. All areas will be closed by December 31. For more information, please contact your local Ranger District Office, which are open Monday thru Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.