‘Burn where you buy’: Dept. of Forestry warns against transporting firewood

‘Burn where you buy’: Dept. of Forestry warns against transporting firewood
The Virginia Department of Forestry warns against transporting firewood to prevent the spread of pests and disease. (Source: Virginia Department of Forestry)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - If you’re planning to go camping this weekend, make sure your firewood is locally sourced.

The Virginia Department of Forestry issued a reminder to “burn it where you buy it” to prevent the spread of wood-borne pets such as emerald ash borer and gypsy moth.

VDOF said transportation of firewood is one of the causes of spreading pests and disease throughout the state.

Firewood that has either been heat-treated or cured for two years is preferable to untreated wood. The heat treatment eliminates pests that could otherwise live inside the wood.

Otherwise, firewood that was cut from an area local to the campsite is preferred.

VDOF’s website has a search function to find safe wood sources across the state and state quarantine areas.

Additionally, all firewood that is brought to the campsite should be burned and not taken back with you or left for the next camper.

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Posted by Virginia Department of Forestry on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

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