Wood permits now available

Personal Use Fuelwood Permits are now available for purchase at the Sierra National Forest offices and will remain on sale until Nov. 30.

The Forest is charging $20 for a two cord permit, with a maximum purchase of 10 cords per household. Permit terms and federal regulations are strictly enforced.

Although the Personal Use Fuelwood season began April 1, some forest roads aren’t scheduled to be opened until April 15, or later, depending upon weather and road conditions. A number of forest roads may remain temporarily closed until drier conditions render them passable. Early season woodcutters are reminded to contact their local Ranger Station to find out about woodcutting regulations, road closures and current road conditions, prior to traveling to the forest to cut firewood.

Fuelwood cutters are required to review and follow the terms specified on their permit, and to present their valid permit to Forest Officers who will be checking for compliance. When hauling firewood, the number of the load tags applied to the load must be clearly visible from the rear of the load.

Woodcutters will receive a map of the areas that are temporarily closed when purchasing their permits. These areas are closed due to timber sales, hazard areas.

For more information about Fuelwood Permits, contact one of the Forest Service offices:

Oakhurst (in the Visitor Bureau / Chamber office) - 40637 Highway 41 - (559) 658-7588 - 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Tuesday - Saturday.

Bass Lake Ranger District Office - 57003 Road 225, North Fork - (559) 877-2218 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday - Friday.

Sierra National Forest Supervisor’s Office - 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis - (559) 297-0706 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday - Friday.

High Sierra Ranger District Office - 29688 Auberry Road, Prather - (559) 855-5355 - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. seven days a week.

- Sierra National Forest