The Coconino National Forest is now open in three different areas for free wood collection. The first area is located 15 miles north of Flagstaff along Highway 180 off Forest Road 151 through Hart Prairie. Ponderosa pieces can be collected with around 20 cords of wood in the area. The second location is 17 miles north of Flagstaff also along Highway 180 off Forest Road 9004K. Only felled and limbed Ponderosa pine logs may be collected. There’s 20-30 logs in the area. The third location is five miles west of Flagstaff and north of Interstate-40 on A1 Mountain Road. Only dead and downed Ponderosa pine may be collected, which includes slash piles from a recent timber sale contract. There are around a half-dozen slash piles in the area, each containing about 15-to-20 logs. There will be signs identifying the free use areas. Those interested must have a free use permit to collect and cut firewood. You can get a permit by calling the Coconino National Forest at (928) 527-3600 or the Flagstaff Ranger District at (928) 526-0866.