The Bitterroot National Forest is opening some areas up the Lost Horse for personal firewood cutting. This is the first time for firewood cutting in the Lost Horse Canyon, according to Darby/Sula District Ranger Eric Winthers. He cautioned that there are some designated Research Natural Areas where no cutting will be allowed. In a news release, Winthers said, "Areas that are off limits are clearly marked and firewood cutters are encouraged to clean up after themselves and to not block the road." The cutting is being allowed "to reduce the amount of fuel buildup available to a wildfire," Winthers said.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest advised getting a 2018 Firewood Cutting Map at any of the forest offices. You'll need to buy firewood permits at $5 per cord with a minimum purchase of four cords for $20. Also, chainsaws should have spark arresters and woodcutters should carry a shovel, bucket and fire extinguisher at all times. No trees are to be felled onto the roadway. Some roads do not have turn-arounds for trailers. All slash must be piled.

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