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With the relatively cooler temps and some rain it may have looked as though the precautions that prevented wood cutting earlier this summer may not be a concern….However, beware yet. Up across the Chatanika Lodge a pulley at a mining operation let a spark go, and as the owners/workers ran over to the lodge to get water the surrounding biomass burned the project over. The problem with running your chain saw in weather that seems perfect for bucking long logs is that simply hitting a rock with the chain could jump a spark and start surrounding tinder on fire. Be sure to check in the area you plan to gather in with the state forestry office for the latest status before cutting and gathering this winter’s wood.