Free firewood available at Williams Creek Campground, with permit

Firewood for personal use can be gathered within the north loop of the Williams Creek Campground beginning this Saturday, May 16. A free permit and load tags are required for those who remove wood from the campground.

Over 300 dead trees were felled by Forest Service fallers to prevent hazardous conditions. The trees are mostly spruce and are generally large in diameter. Permit holders are allowed to travel up to three hundred feet off the north loop road to access the wood where they can do so without causing resource damage. Permit holders are not to fall any standing trees.

The remainder of the campground will be open to camping on Friday, May 15. ?Hours of gathering/cutting within the north loop will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. to allow some quiet time for campers.

? The Williams Creek Campground is about 23 miles north of Pagosa Springs. Travel Piedra Road (CR 600/Forest Road 631) to Williams Creek Road (640) and turn right at that junction. The campground is on the right side of Williams Creek Road.

The free permits and load tags can be obtained beginning today, May 14, from the Pagosa Ranger District office at 180 Pagosa St. The office is open Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Pagosa Ranger District at 264-2268.