McCall, Boise, Twin Falls, ID – Personal use fuelwood permits for the Payette and Boise National Forests as well as the Fairfield Ranger Station, Sawtooth National Forest will go on sale beginning May 15.
Permits are $12.50 per cord with a 2-cord minimum and a 10-cord maximum per household. Permits will be available at USDA - Forest Service Ranger District offices, the Interagency Visitor Information Center at 1387 South Vinnell Way in Boise, and private vendors in Southwest Idaho, (see attached list).
On the Sawtooth National Forest, the Minidoka Ranger District will issue permits beginning May 24, but permits for the Ketchum Ranger District and Sawtooth National Recreation Area(NRA), will be delayed until the end of May or beginning of June. Call the SNRA at
208-727-5013 to check snowmelt and road conditions in these areas.
The Payette National Forest has three free-use areas, which are located in the Hazard Lake, Kinney Point, and Secesh Meadows/Warren areas. A free-use permit is required for these areas and can be obtained at the associated Ranger District office along with specific location information and permit use requirements.
The Boise National Forest has new closures in the Hulls Gulch and Rocky Canyon areas of the Mountain Home Ranger District. “Please check this year’s brochure to make sure you are cutting in an area open to fuelwood gathering,” said Boise National Forest Fuelwood Coordinator Audrey Karpe.
Each Forest firewood permit is valid for use on any Forest. All motorized travel related to fuelwood gathering must be in full accordance with Forest Service travel regulations for the area as shown in the Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM), unless specifically exempted in the firewood permit.
Once the snow melts, the public is encouraged to cut firewood early in the year because fire restrictions may impact the cutting season later in the summer. However, early season wood cutters should be very careful with wet road conditions and avoid them if rutting or getting stuck is a potential. Firewood cutting is not allowed within riparian areas (adjacent to creeks and rivers).
Regulations for each forest are available when permits are issued. For additional information, contact the local Ranger District offices, or Forest web sites.
Vendors with Fuelwood Permits near the Boise National Forest:
Ellie’s Store, Idaho City 208-392-4583 (cash only)
Donna’s Place, Idaho City 208-392-9777
Donna’s Place, Placerville 208-392-9666
Idaho City Grocery, Idaho City 208-392-4426
Tom’s Service/Sinclair, Idaho City 208-392-4900
B&W Fuels, Emmett 208-365-2291 or 208-392-4900
Ray’s Corner Market, Horseshoe Bend 208-793-2391
East Cleveland Beverage, Caldwell 208-459-6442
Garden Valley Chevron, Garden Valley 208-462-3869
Boise NF Ranger District Offices include:
Interagency Visitor Center 208-373-4007
Mountain Home RD 208-587-7961
Idaho City RD 208-392-6681
Cascade RD 208-382-7400
Lowman RD 208-259-3361
Emmett RD 208-365-7000
Emmett RD/ Garden Valley Work Center 208-462-3241
Vendors near the Payette National Forest:
Draper’s Outdoor Power Equipment, Ontario 541-889-9250
Dart’s True Value Hardware, Payette 208-642-3232
Ridley’s Food & Drug, Weiser 208-549-1332
Do It Best, Weiser 208-549-0424
Loveland’s General Store, Cambridge 208-257-3813
Farmer’s Supply Co-op, Council 208-253-4266
C & M Lumber, New Meadows 208-347-3648
Old Town Station, McCall 208-634-2016
Yellow Pine General Store, Yellow Pine 208-633-3300
Payette NF Ranger District Offices include:
Weiser RD 208-549-4200
Council RD 208-253-0100
McCall RD 208-634-0400
New Meadows RD 208-347-0300
Vendors near the Sawtooth National Forest Vendors:
Camas Creek Country Store, Fairfield 208-764-2211
Sawtooth NF Ranger District Offices Include:
Minidoka RD 208-678-0430
Ketchum RD 208-622-5371
Fairfield RD 208-764-3202
Sawtooth National Recreation Area 208-727-5013
Stanley RD 208-774-3000
Sawtooth Supervisor’s Office 208-737-3200