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Fuelwood Season Starts Friday

Sonora, CA– Starting this Friday, the Forest Service Personal Use Fuelwood Permits will be available for purchase at Stanislaus National Forest offices.

Fuelwood season officially begins Friday, April 1 and will continue until November 30th.


It is required that fuelwood cutters review and follow the terms specified on their permit, and to present their valid permit to Forest officers checking for compliance.


The operation of chainsaws and power equipment is permitted only on “permissive woodcutting days,” and is prohibited on “negative woodcutting days” during periods of higher fire danger. Before cutting firewood, fuelwood cutters must first call (209) 532-5601 for a pre-recorded message, or check at any open Ranger Station to find out if that day is a “permissive cut day.”


Woodcutters may obtain Personal-Use Fuelwood permits at all Stanislaus National Forest offices including Sonora, Mi-Wuk Village, Groveland, Pinecrest and Hathaway Pines.


Written by tina.falco@mlode.com