Untreated Out of State Firewood Banned

(Emergency Order)

Leave Your Firewood At Home; Buy it Where You Burn it;Don't Give Bugs a Free Ride

Campfire video – Leave Your Firewood at Home

What Is Your Wood Hiding?

Exotic insects and diseases that pose a serious threat to our forests can move on firewood. Insects and diseases can be in, on or under the bark of firewood or even within the wood itself. You often cannot see that pests are there. While an invasive pest may spread a few miles on its own in a single year, moving infested wood can spread the same pest hundreds of miles in a single day! Untreated firewood from outside of Maine has been banned.

Maine camp with local firewood Emerald ash borer infested firewood.  Photo: Troy Kimoto, CFIA, Bugwood.org

Please help us Protect Maine's Forests.

Leave your firewood at home--don't give bugs a free ride!

What Can You Do?
  • Do not bring firewood from outside the state of Maine.
  • Buy firewood from a local source where you camp.
  • Do not transport firewood more than 50 miles, even within Maine.
  • If you’ve already transported firewood, don’t leave it or bring it home – burn it! If you can't burn it all within 24 hours, bring it to the nearest drop-off site.

Poster: Out-of-State Firewood Gives Bugs a Free Ride

Further Links on Existing and Potential Threats

For more information contact: Maine Forest Service at (207) 287-2791