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Buy It Where You Burn It

Our forests are threatened by nonnative insects and diseases. Many of these pests can be transported long distances on firewood. Once transported to new areas, these invasive species can become established and kill large numbers of trees and shrubs.

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Firewood Scout

Firewood Scout

Firewood Scout is a web-based map that will help you find firewood dealers near the location where you will be using firewood. The website offers information on invasive species of concern in California as well as a set of questions consumers can ask to help assure the wood being purchased is low-risk for insects and diseases.

(Note: you will be directed to an outside website, may take about 10-20 secs to load).

Buy It Where You Burn It?

Moving firewood can spread invasive species. Keeping firewood local keeps the pests and diseases in the wood local, rather than spreading them to locations.

Read more by visiting our 'Frequently Asked Questions' page.

Ask These Questions When Buying Firewood

Asking a few simple questions when buying firewood can help ensure you are purchasing wood that is free from damaging pests and safe for California’s forests.

Download Firewood Scout California Handout.

Kid's Page

Kid's Page

Make learning about the risks of moving firewood fun! Go on a 'road trip' and more - for kids, parents and teachers.


Stop Invasive Species!

Moving firewood can bring invasive pests and disease to the campsites you love. Find out more about these devastating pests!

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Campground Resources and More

Looking for a California campground? Check here! Just remember - Don’t pack any firewood for the trip. Buy It Where You Burn It!

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Research and Policy

Research and Policy

California prohibits bringing firewood into the state if the firewood originated in any area under quarantine for, or an area generally infested with, pests including emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, imported fire ant, chestnut bark disease, pine shoot beetle and others. These prohibitions - when put together - end up banning untreated firewood from nearly every state in the union.

Best Management Practices

Choose firewood sources close to where you will be using the wood to avoid transporting pests or diseases to new, uninfested areas. Cut wood from late summer to late fall to minimize the risk of obtaining firewood infested with pests that emerge in the spring and early summer months. Familiarize yourself with laws and regulations regarding cutting and transporting firewood. Contact your county agricultural commissioner or state or federal forester for information. Debark the wood at the cutting site whenever practical as many pests reside in bark. Chip or grind unused wood and bark to a particle size of less than 1 inch when possible to eliminate most tree-killing insects.


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Task Force Partners

The following agencies and organizations are represented on the California Firewood Task Force:

California Department of Food and Agriculture
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
California Department of Parks and Recreation
California Forest Pest Council
California Oak Mortality Task Force
Goldspotted Oak Borer Program
CA Ag Commissioners and Sealers Association
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal Plant Health Inspection Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
U.S. Department of Interior, National Park Service
University of California
U.S. Customs and Border Protection