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Fuelwood area open

Tribune staff report

The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, U.S. Forest Service, will open the Oneidas charge-use fuelwood area July 10, and the Pioneer charge-use fuelwood area on July 15.

The Oneidas fuelwood area is located along forest road 12N01 and Powerline Road, and just east of Saxon Creek in Meyers. The area may be accessed from Oneidas Street. The cutting area is marked with pink and blue flagging. Cutting hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The majority of the wood is lodgepole pine. Standing dead trees and any downed trees may be cut if marked with orange paint.

The Pioneer fuelwood area is located along Pioneer Trail between Evelyn Street and U.S. Highway 50 in Meyers. The cutting area is marked with pink and blue flagging. You may not drive off the paved road; park along the shoulder of the road. Standing dead trees may be cut if marked with orange paint, as well as any downed trees.

Current permit holders must come to our office for a copy of the map of the fuelwood area in order for their permit to be valid. Fuelwood permits are available weekdays at the LTBMU Supervisor’s Office, 870 Emerald Bay Road, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To purchase a permit, you must be 18 years of age and show valid picture identification. Permits cost $20 per cord with a minimum of two cords sold at a time. There will be no refunds on permits, for any reason. You may receive from two to 10 cords each year per household for personal use only. To cut on National Forest land you must have an approved spark arrester, a shovel at least 46 inches long, and a state approved fire extinguisher.

Remember to check fire restrictions by calling our office before leaving your home to cut firewood. For details, call the Forest Service, at (530) 573-2694.

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