Free firewood offered in Dixie National Forest

Brian Head fire, summer 2017 (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) - You can now get free firewood in Dixie National Forest, thanks to Cedar City Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service.

The firewood is being offered in the large swath of land that was burned by the Brian Head fire last summer.

Taking the firewood also helps the rehabilitation of the scorched environment and improves aesthetics.

“This is a great opportunity to help clean up after the fire while being able to gather firewood for personal use," Veronica Magnuson, Cedar City District Ranger said.

You need a permit with tags and a designated map to harvest the free wood, but both are being offered free of charge.

The permit will include free firewood tags, a map of the approved cutting area within the Brian Head fire area, and permit conditions and instructions.

The person that comes to pick up the permit must also be present while gathering firewood in the Brian Head fire area.

Permits are offered only at two of the Dixie National Forest District offices:

  • Cedar City Ranger District office: 1789 N Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT; open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. (435) 865-3200.
  • Powell Ranger District office located at 225 E Center, Panguitch, UT; open Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. (435) 676-9300.

You can get up to 4 cords of wood per household each year in the free use cutting area.

One cord of wood typically measures 4' wide x 4' high x 8' long and is 128 cubic feet in volume.

There are some excluded areas from cutting, including along Highway 143, private land, administrative sites, campgrounds, day use picnic areas and marked timber sales.

All those locations are marked on maps provided when you pick up your permit.

If you want to cut firewood outside of the Brian Head fire area on Dixie National Forest land or cut more than the 4 cord limit per household, then you must purchase an additional permit at a cost of $20.00 for 4 cords of firewood at any of the Dixie National Forest Offices.

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