June 30, 2016 11:10 a.m.
Starting next Tuesday, the Diamond Lake Ranger District Office will make firewood permits available free of charge for designated areas on the district.
Cheryl Caplan says that permits may be picked up at the district office, also at the North Umpqua District Office and at the Supervisors office in Roseburg.
Caplan says that last winter’s storms knocked down many lodgepole pine and Douglas Fir trees which are blocking travel on the roadways. Forest Service officials are encouraging the public to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain a free-use permit. Each permit is good for two cords of wood and is valid for two weeks. Permit holders will receive a map that lists where firewood cutting can take place.
Roads identified for free firewood cutting include Forest Road 3401 in the Thorn Prairie area, Forest Road 2610-0630 near Kelsay Mountain and several roads in the area between the Toketee Airstrip and Trap Mountain.
Officials say the free firewood offer is only a short-term opportunity. The wood taken is for personal use and cannot be sold.
Call the Diamond Lake Ranger District at 498-2531 for more information.