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Firewood distributors facing a shortage

Firewood distributors say there is a shortage after an early cold snap and wind storm in October forced many to use wood earlier than expected. (WGME)

GORHAM (WGME) -- Firewood distributors say there is a shortage after an early cold snap and wind storm in October forced many to use wood earlier than expected.

Maine woodcutters say this season is especially tough on their customers, and they're hoping spring can come early.

The colder the weather, the busier Southern Maine firewood workers are, but now their time is running out.

"I thought I had enough to take us through the winter, but with the cold snap it drained our wood supply,” Jake Dyer said. “So now we're pretty much done for the year. What you have is what you have."

Even if those customers are his parents.

"We've had more heating days this year than years in the past,” Ronald Dyer said. “It's noticeable. We're digging into the wood pile a lot more, and we're digging into the oil barrel, which is going down a lot quicker."

Wood cutters here say that they hope to have a higher yield next year.

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