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Ceremonial firewood permits available for Tusayan Ranger District

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The Kaibab National Forest will issue free-use, paid personal-use and ceremonial firewood permits for the Tusayan Ranger District out of the Forest Service office in Cameron.

The office is located just south of the Cameron Chapter House, the firewood permits will be available out of the Cameron office from 9 a.m. to 12 and from 1 to 5 p.m. (daylight savings time) on the following dates:

April 23, May 15, June 11, July 16, August 13, September 10, October 8 and October 29, November 12 and November 19 and December 10 and 17.

Permits are also available at the Tusayan Ranger District office, 176 Lincoln Log Loop in Tusayan, during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

Permits will be issued for dead and down (dead standing and downed trees) and green firewood cutting. Dead and down permits are sold for $5 per cord. Green permits are $10 per cord. There is a minimum purchase of $20 per permit. Cords will be sold in increments to meet the $20 minimum.

Free-use permits will also be issued for the removal of downed wood within designated areas.

A maximum of six cords (combined) of paid firewood may be purchased per household. An additional four cords of free-use firewood may also be issued.

The Kaibab National Forest has a policy for providing free forest products to Native Americans for traditional and cultural uses.

A permit is required for the collection of firewood for ceremonial purposes. Detailed information about the policy is available on the Kaibab National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/kaibab/fuelwood or by contacting Mae Franklin at (928) 679-2037 or mfranklin@fs.fed.us.

Ceremonial use permits are only available on the Kaibab National Forest during firewood season.

Interested individuals should ensure they get them prior to the close of the season.

Firewood cutters should be aware that chainsaws can throw sparks and ignite grasses and brush. Always carry a shovel and a fire extinguisher or water in case of a fire start. Additionally, all chainsaws must be equipped with a stainless steel spark arrestor screen. More information on permits are available at the Forest Service office in Cameron by contacting Mae Franklin at (928) 679-2037 or mfranklin@fs.fed.us. and the Tusayan Fire Ranger District Office at  (928) 638-2443.

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