For Release: Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Contact: Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
BLM to Open Firewood Cutting Areas
Firewood cutting areas on northeast California public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management will again be open beginning Monday, April 9. Most cutting areas had been closed for the winter.
BLM resource managers said conditions are now dry enough in most areas to allow access by pickup trucks and trailers. They urged wood cutters to stay out of areas that are still muddy to avoid damaging natural resources.
BLM firewood cutting permits are available at the Alturas Field Office, 708 West 12th St., Alturas; the Lassen National Forest’s Hat Creek Ranger District Office, 43225 Highway 299 East, Fall River Mills; the Eagle Lake Field Office, 2950 Riverside Dr., Susanville; and the Surprise Field Office, 602 Cressler St., Cedarville.
Permits for pine and juniper are $5 per cord; mountain mahogany is $10 per cord. There is a $10 minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per family per year.
BLM officials are urging wood cutters to follow fire safety practices. Because winter precipitation was far below normal, there are areas that are dry enough to burn. Firewood cutters should be sure that chainsaws are equipped with spark arresters and carry a shovel.
More information is available from the Alturas Field Office, (530) 233-4666; the Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456; or the Surprise Field Office, (530) 279-6101.
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