Managers at the Cle Elum Ranger District have announced the opening of road side areas on Table Mountain for firewood collection, according to a news release. The area is expected to remain open for three to five years.

Trees killed by the 2012 Table Mountain Fire along designated roads are available for harvest. Firewood collection areas are clearly marked with “Entering and Leaving Firewood Area.” Harvest will be permitted only within 150 feet of roads, with the boundaries being marked with green flagging.

Those harvesting firewood in the Table Mountain area must have a valid U.S. Forest Service Firewood Permit in their possession as well as current firewood area maps. Firewood permits and maps are available at the Cle Elum Ranger Station, 803 W. Second St., and at the Cle Elum Visitor Center at 312 W. First St., both in Cle Elum and the Ellensburg Visitor Center at 609 N. Main St., in Ellensburg. Permits are sold in increments of 4, 8 or 12 cords at a cost of $5 per cord. Permits are valid until Dec. 31 or when snow prevents access, whichever comes first. The area will re-open for harvest in 2020 when snow melt allows access.

Those who have already purchased a firewood permit can obtain maps of the Table Mountain firewood area at the Cle Elum Ranger Station or the Cle Elum or Ellensburg Visitor Centers.

For more information call the Cle Elum Ranger Station at 509-852-1100 ext 0, which is open 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and 1:15-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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