Cooler temperatures and improved moisture recovery have reduced fire danger and allowed firewood gathering once again, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release.
Four timber sales, one east of Twisp, one north of Winthrop and another two east of Tonasket, have concentrations of firewood available at clearings used for piling logs during timber harvest. Maps showing the South Summit, Buck Lake, Mt. Annie and Crawfish firewood opportunities are available at Forest Service Offices in Omak, Tonasket and Winthrop.
Trees thinned during the Diamond Creek Fire can be found along open forest roads. A short-term exception has been made to allow for removing this material where firewood collection is normally off limits to protect critical habitat. Authorization forms for gathering wood in the Lost River and Eightmile areas can be picked up at the Methow Valley Ranger District Office in Winthrop.
Personal use firewood permits cost $2.50 per half cord with a minimum purchase of four cords. They are available at Forest Service offices.