SONORA -- Firewood season will start Thursday in the Stanislaus National Forest, providing up to 10 cords per household.
The public can buy permits to gather dead and downed wood at $25 for each 2½ cords.
Collectors must follow safety rules, including having spark arresters on their chain saws and staying off roads that are muddy.
The season typically runs through November, but it can change depending on weather and road conditions.
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Permits are available at forest offices:
Headquarters: 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, 532-3671
Mi-Wok Ranger Station: Highway 108, Mi-Wuk Village, 586-3234
Summit Ranger Station: Highway 108, Pinecrest, 965-3434
Groveland Ranger Station: Highway 120, Buck Meadows, 962-7825
Calaveras Ranger Station: Highway 4, Hathaway Pines, 795-1381.
Information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus.