Arizona’s Department of Agriculture reminds firewood users that in general it is not a good idea to move firewood from state to state. Firewood from nut-bearing trees (pecan, walnut, hickory, butternut), emerald ash borer infested areas, or federally regulated areas for other pests that may infest firewood (such as imported fire ant and gypsy moth) is prohibited from entering the state without proper treatment and certification.
Moving firewood from Arizona into most midwestern and eastern states is against their state laws, as this can spread forest pests like thousand cankers disease of walnut.
Many National Forests (such as the Tonto, Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, and others) and State lands and parks in Arizona will prohibit campfires for some or all of the year to reduce the risk of wildfire; please review and respect fire restrictions.
Open fires are prohibited at all Arizona’s National Wildlife Refuges except for Buenos Aires, Cabeza Prieta, and Kofa National Wildlife Refuges (NWR). Buenos Aires NWR allows firewood collection within the refuge for Refuge campfires only. Cabeza Prieta and Kofa NWR do not allow firewood to be collected within the refuge and encourage visitors to bring local firewood.
Residents of Arizona are encouraged to read the University of Arizona’s Cooperative Extension “Firewood and Bark Beetles in the Southwest” publication for recommendations to reduce the local forest pest risks for using pine firewood to heat their homes or cabins.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection also encourages campers to burn firewood where you obtain it and to avoid moving unburned firewood from one campground to another. In addition, all firewood from Mexico entering Arizona is subject to inspection at ports of entry.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 23 June 2021
Arizona General Web Resources:
- Hungry Pests, Arizona page
- Arizona Department of Agriculture, Plants FAQs
- Insects and Diseases – Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management
- Arizona Pest Management Center
- Firewood and Bark Beetles in the Southwest
Arizona Pest Specific Resources
- Bark Beetles, Arizona Department of Agriculture
- Bark Beetle FAQ– University of Arizona
- Emerald ash borer national range map (red dots represent known infested counties)
- Invasive Shot Hole Borer Information
- Soapberry borer information
- Goldspotted oak borer information
- Thousand Cankers Disease information and map archives
- Imported Fire Ant Information and Map Archive
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