Wet weather and deep snow prompted Lassen National Forest officials to suspend fuelwood cutting on the Eagle Lake Ranger District on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. This area is expected to re-open in late May or early June with the arrival of warmer, drier weather.
The provision for this measure is contained in Section D.1 of the Fuelwood Cutting Requirements. The closed area corresponds to Zone V on the Fuelwood Cutting Map that accompanies the fuelwood permit. During the temporary closure period, these permits will not be valid in Zone V.
“This policy helps prevent ruts in the roads and meadows where woodcutters drive to get firewood,” said Eagle Lake District Ranger Carol Thornton. “It helps protect not only National Forest roads and lands but also the property of adjacent landowners.”
Although the Eagle Lake Ranger District is closed to firewood cutting until late spring, both the Almanor and Hat Creek Districts of Lassen National Forest will remain open to woodcutting through the winter.
Lassen National Forest lies at the crossroads of California, where the granite of the Sierra Nevada, the lava of the Cascades and the Modoc Plateau, and the sagebrush of the Great Basin meet. The Forest is managed for recreational access as well as timber and firewood, forage for livestock, water, minerals, and other natural resources.
For more information, call the Eagle Lake Ranger District at 257-4188.