Firewood permits now available for Colville National Forest

— The Colville National Forest has opened permit sales for firewood collection.

Residents can obtain a permit for $5 per cord of firewood for personal use, forest officials said. Permits can be purchased for a four-cord minimum and up to a 12-cord maximum per household, officials said.

Area ranger stations are selling the permits, as is the Spokane District Bureau of Land Management office.

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