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Woodcutting Reopens On Lassen National Forest

Effective September 18th, the Lassen National Forest is lifting its suspension on woodcutting activity. However, woodcutters will be required to abide by the “hoot owl” provision, which prohibits woodcutting on the Lassen after 1:00p.m.

Shorter days, cooler temperatures, and higher nighttime humidity recovery have allowed for the lifting of the all-out suspension of woodcutting.

However, Lassen National Forest Supervisor Jerry Bird is quick to remind woodcutters, “We are still in fire season. Conditions are still very dry and fire danger remains high.”

Bird urges woodcutters to use extra care to avoid creating sparks that could lead to fire.

Please contact the appropriate district office listed below for specific questions regarding woodcutting:

  • Almanor Ranger District – 530-258-2141
  • Eagle Lake Ranger District – 530-257-4188
  • Hat Creek Ranger District – 530-336-5521

Chips and Mill Fire Areas Open to the Public

Due to the end of the emergency conditions requiring the closure of the Chips and Mill fire areas, all lands on the Lassen National Forest within these areas are once again open to the public, with a few exceptions.

The Almanor Group Campground (southwest of Hwy 89) is unavailable due to use by fire personnel and equipment, and the adjacent Almanor Legacy Campground has limited availability for the same reason. Note that Almanor South Campground (north of Hwy 89) and McCarthy Point Lookout have been closed for the season.

“Fire suppression actions on the Chips and Mill fires on the Almanor Ranger District are essentially complete,” said Bird.

“There are still areas of heat in these fires, and post fire restoration actions are ongoing, resulting in significant traffic on the roads and trails within both areas. Extra caution is recommended when entering either of these fire areas,” Bird added.


Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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