Commercial Wood Decks, Personal Firewood Available from Emergency Wildfires Actions

Central Washington — In the large gravel parking area of the Eightmile Sno-Park north of Winthrop, logs are stacked in several piles called decks. Local District Ranger, Chris Furr, has a good idea just how much wood those decks include. After all, crews from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have spent the past several weeks measuring decks left over from emergency wildfires suppression efforts from Naches to the Methow Valley.

“Decks and smaller wood piles are a common by-product of emergency actions of large fires,” said Furr. “In the Methow valley there will be approximately 1,900 CCF of wood offered for commercial bids with saw lengths ranging from 16ft to more than 40ft.”

While there will be several commercial decks offered across the Forest, smaller, road-side piles may also be available for personal firewood use in the coming weeks in the Entiat and Methow Valley areas. Woodcutters are encouraged to check with the local ranger station as they purchase a permit for information on personal-use firewood locations.

“We value being good neighbors and supporting our communities,” added Furr. “This is a win-win for moving material cut during an emergency off the Forest and helping folks heat their homes or support a business.”

Commercial Sales:

  • Methow Valley: Three sales totaling approximately 1,900 CCF of commercial deck product including Douglas fir and ponderosa pine; preliminary advertisement available.
  • Entiat Area: One sale; CCF estimate in progress.
  • Naches Area: One sale totaling approximately 337 CCF of commercial deck product; sale complete.

Commercial sale information is available at go.usa.gov/xPBnb. Additional information on personal firewood cutting permits is available at go.usa.gov/xPBnj

stack of logs

A stack of logs, decked during emergency suppression actions on the McLeod Fire, await commercial sale on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest north of Winthrop, WA in September 2018. Credit: USDA Forest Service by Mark Isaak


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