9/4/2012 3:41:00 PM Firewood cutting area opens for limited time near Lake Wenatchee
Submitted by Susan Peterson, USFS
The Wenatchee River Ranger District has opened an area to firewood cutters for a limited time in the Lake Wenatchee/Plain area.
The fuel wood is located in a previously harvested timber sale area accessed by FS Road #6602 (off of River Road). There are a number of large slash piles with good access and fuel wood available. Woodcutters are not allowed materials from the smaller hand-piles in units 44 & 46. The area will be open to woodcutters till mid-September unless fire restrictions increase.
All woodcutters need to have valid woodcutting permits. Permits are $20 with a four cord minimum purchase and a maximum limit of 12 cords annually. Permits may be obtained at Forest Service offices.
Wood cutters need to be aware and comply with the current Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) before cutting or removing firewood from the national forest.
The current IFPL for Zone 680 (Lake Wenatchee) is at Level 2. This means that woodcutters must shut down their chainsaws by 1 p.m. and remain in the area for a mandatory one hour fire watch to monitor for possible fire starts. Zone 675 (Leavenworth) is under an IFPL Level 3, and all woodcutting is prohibited until hazardous fire conditions decrease.
All woodcutters need to be aware that changing weather conditions and increased fire danger may prompt additional restrictions for woodcutting at any time.
For additional information about firewood cutting or permits, contact the Wenatchee River Ranger District at 509-548-2550. The office is open Monday-Saturday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on our lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.