Forest Products Permits


Anyone cutting firewood on the forest is required to have a valid firewood permit, along with load tags, firewood cutting map, and a current information sheet.  

  • Allow up to 2 weeks to process & receive a firewood permit.  
  • Permits require a state or tribal ID- new customers must include a photocopy of their ID along with their application form.
    • If you got a firewood permit in the last few years, we have you on file and only need your application form
  • Free Use Firewood permits are free and expire when the season ends in late fall.
  • Households may harvest up to 6 cords annually. 
  • Firewood permits are also available in person at the Zigzag Ranger District office.  See their hours and location here.
  • More firewood permits info below

Firewood harvested for resale purposes requires a Commercial Firewood Permit (pending availablity). To be notified of specific opportunities, please submit a Special Request Form requesting "Commercial Firewood Permit" or contact a Special Forest Products Coordinator for more information.  


Maps & info also provided with permit.

Access to some of our woodcutting areas may be closed due to wildfire damage and repair work.

Firewood on the Zigzag Ranger District is by Special Request only.

Free Use Firewood Cutting Permits

  • Personal use firewood permits are free, but all woodcutters must have a valid permit. Permit application is here. You can pick up a paper copy of the permit application outside all district offices.
  • Intent to sell firewood requires a Commercial Firewood Permit, available by Special Request  pending availability.
  • The yearly cutting limit per household is 6 cords. View the cord illustration here
  • Access has been restricted to some of our usual woodcutting areas due to wildfire closures  Entering a fire closure area is prohibited.
  • Firewood cutting areas are described on the firewood cutting map and information sheets. You are required to have a current information sheet with your permit while cutting. Information sheets change regularly and show the status of each area. Information sheets are posted at Ranger Stations and this website.
  • 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.
  • Product Quantity Removal Record and Tag Validation Example
  • Clearing Limits of Road Prism Examples
  • The Forest Service uses four industrial fire precaution levels (IFPL) to reduce the likelihood of wildfires by regulating work activities in the forest, including firewood cutting. The most updated IFPL information is available by calling (503)-668-1650.  IFPL Diagram
  • Forest Roads may have trees or debris on them. Drive with caution.

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