Woodcutting already under way in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

U.S. Forest Service photo

With the fire precaution level now at 1, woodcutting is in full swing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Permits are available through local Forest Service offices at a cost of $20, which is good for four cords of wood.

Next year, permits will be free for personal-use woodcutters.

The Forest Service is reminding people they should maintain a one-hour fire watch after using a chainsaw and be mindful of hunters in the area by wearing brightly colored clothing.

Also, the Forest Service says, drive slowly in the forest as there are still lots of people out getting a look at the fall colors.