MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials want to caution gun-deer hunters about the firewood they use at camp.
DATCP asks hunters to not move firewood out of areas quarantined for the emerald ash borer.
Eleven counties are involved in the quarantine: Brown, Crawford, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Vernon, Washington and Waukesha.
Transporting firewood out of those counties could result in a couple hundred dollars or more fine.
"Moving infested firewood has played a huge role in the rapid spread of EAB throughout the Great Lakes region and other states," said Bob Dahl, chief regulatory officer with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). "All it takes is one stick of infested firewood to move a new population of ash-killing beetles into a new area. Most of the time, people aren't even aware that they're doing it."
Links to a map of the state's quarantine areas and a list of certified firewood dealers can be found on the Wisconsin's EAB web site, www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov.
The emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle native to Asia, has been responsible for the loss of millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada. The beetle was first detected in Wisconsin in 2008. The larval stage of EAB lives underneath ash bark during the fall and winter, emerging in the spring and summer to continue the cycle of infestation.
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