PENDLETON, Oreg. - Umatilla National Forest officials are extending firewood season, so people can continue cutting firewood for personal use.
Firewood season normally ends on November 15th, but since it was suspended for several weeks this summer because of dry fuel conditions and extreme fire danger, permit holders have through Friday, November 30, 2012.
Forest service officials say the public should use precautions when cutting firewood late into the fall when road and soil conditions become soggy and saturated. Mountain travel will require extreme care to avoid getting stuck or causing extensive and illegal resource damage to the land and vegetation.
The forest service also says another concern for late season firewood cutting is the misidentification of live or dead western larch trees, also known as Tamarack. Larch is the only cone-bearing tree in the western United States that sheds its needles in the fall and appears to be dead.
You can buy firewood permits at any Umatilla National forest office or at several local businesses. Permits cost $5.00 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords.
Each household is allowed a maximum purchase of 12 cords from National Forest lands during the calendar year.
The 2013 firewood season will begin again in May.