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Officials to hunters: Use caution when moving firewood

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Correction: People can transport certified firewood across county lines. WAOW regrets the error. This story has been updated.

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) – The annual gun-deer hunting season starts Saturday, and state officials are reminding hunters that it’s illegal to move firewood across county lines, unless it is certified.

Instead, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is asking hunters to either buy firewood from a local dealer, or to buy certified firewood. They say doing so can help prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases, including the emerald ash borer.

In a news release, Brian Kuhn, DATCP’s Bureau of Plant Industry director, said it can also help preserve wildlife habitats used for hunting.

“Preventing the spread of forest pests and diseases supports tourism, timber, and nursery industries,” Kuhn said. “Burning certified firewood is the safest option, as it has been treated to reduce the risk of spreading pests and diseases to new areas.”

The state has 36 certified firewood dealers; you can find them here.

For more on Wisconsin’s firewood rules, click here.

In addition, the DATCP says it's illegal to move uncertified firewood from a county that has been quarantined for gypsy moth to a non-quarantine county – even if you are taking it to property that you own.

On this map, you cannot move uncertified firewood from red counties to the white counties.

Although you can legally move firewood from counties that are not quarantined for gypsy moth, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection strongly recommends that you not, because of the risk of transporting other pests and diseases.

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