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Firewood permits available

Mount Hood National Forest opens season Monday, April 16

The Mount Hood National Forest will open its personal-use firewood-cutting season Monday, April 16.

Designated areas for firewood cutting may initially be limited and can change from week to week based on snow levels.

Information sheets showing which areas are open for cutting will be available at all ranger stations and online at www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood/firewood.

Anyone cutting firewood within the Mount Hood National Forest is required to have a current information sheet and a valid permit.

Personal-use firewood permits sell for $10 per cord, with a minimum charge of $20. Participants are limited to five cords of wood per household per year.

Participants also must have screen-type spark arrestors on their chainsaws, carry a pressurized chemical fire extinguisher that is 8 ounces or larger and have a long-handled shovel with an 8-inch blade.

Before venturing into the forest, call the nearest ranger station for up-to-date information on availability and road conditions.

For more information, or to purchase a personal-use firewood-cutting permit, visit:

Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Headquarters, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

For more information, or for summer office hours, call 503-668-1700.

Zigzag Ranger Station, 70220 E. Highway 26, Zigzag. Office hours are from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, or for summer office hours, call 503-622-3191.

Hood River Ranger Station, 6780 Highway 35, Parkdale. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, or for summer office hours, call 541-352-6002.