Free permits are available online to cut firewood at designated sites on land managed by the state Department of Natural Resources in Kittitas County.

The permits are valid for use only at specific locations in Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Chelan and Skamania counties, according to a news release.

DNR officials cautioned the permits are valid only for trust lands and can’t be used on lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The permits only allow wood cutting and hauling for personal use; it is illegal to sell firewood obtained through this process.

The permits are offered for free online at www.bit.ly/dnrfirewood. Scroll down to select “Southeast Region Firewood cutting opportunities” to see locations with permits and maps. 

Once an online permit is printed off and signed by the permit holder, it is valid.

Firewood cutters are required to have the permit in their vehicle window and available upon request. 

Since logs and other downed wood and snags are important for wildlife habitat and a key aspect of habitat conservation, the public is asked to cut wood only in designated sites and to not cut marked snags and marked downed wood.

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