COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The weather is getting cooler and its time to collect fire wood.
Beginning Oct. 12, the Sierra Vista Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest is offering fuel wood permits for purchase, according to a recent release from the U.S. Forest Service.
Fuel wood cutting is done to reduce hazardous fuel levels. Those with permits are reminded that wood in some areas may not be easily accessible from the road, and no green wood is available to be cut. According to officials there is some wood available that has been through the mastication process, including juniper and oak.
Areas where fuel wood is available are as follows:
Black Oak, Border Area, Duquesne, and Highway 92 - The "standing dead" fuel wood cutting areas open October 12 and will remain open through February 28, 2017. Permits are only available for purchase until December 30, 2016. Standing dead fuel wood permits cost $25 per cord with a two-cord per household limit. Junipers and oaks less than 12 inches in diameter may be cut. Removal or cutting of dead wood larger in size is prohibited.
Canelo Hills, Mowry, Ash, and O'Donnell - Dead and down fuel wood permits may be obtained at no cost with a two-cord per household limit in this area. The dead and down wood cutting areas open October 12 and will remain open through February 28, 2017. Permits will be issued until February 28, 2017.
Interested in a permit, you can purchase one at the Sierra Vista Ranger District Office (4070 S. Avenida Saracino in Hereford, Arizona.)
Cash, credit card, check or money orders are accepted; checks and money orders should be made out to "USDA Forest Service." and all sales are final. For more information please contact the Sierra Vista Ranger District at (520) 378-0311. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.