The British Columbian authorities prohibit the transport of firewood within and out of the province to slow the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid. It is also illegal to bring out-of-province firewood into British Columbia to prevent the spread invasive bugs and diseases such as the European spongy moth, Dutch elm disease, and emerald ash borer. These and other regulated forest pests can infest new areas when people move firewood. As a result, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) prohibits the transport of firewood out of a regulated area without a permit. The CFIA urges residents and visitors to follow the “don’t move firewood rules” which are summarized on our Canada page.
The British Columbia Park requires campers to only burn the supplied firewood in designated areas. Note: Open fires are not allowed at most of British Columbia’s national parks and provincial park campgrounds, and they may put fire restrictions when wildfire risk is high. Visit their website or inquire the campground staff for the most current information.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 23 July 2021.
British Columbia Web Resources
- Buy It Where You Burn It, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
- Firewood Permits
- Asian longhorned beetle, Areas Regulated in Canada
- Brown spruce longhorned beetle, general information, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Emerald ash borer, Areas Regulated in Canada
- European Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- PlayCleanGo, Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
General Canada Web Resources
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Don’t Move Firewood
- US Customs and Border Protection (regarding personal firewood from Canada into USA)
- Canada Border Services Agency (regarding personal firewood from USA into Canada)
- Asian Longhorned Beetle Information Page
- Brown Spruce Longhorned Beetle Information Page
- Emerald Ash Borer Information Page
- European Spongy Moth Information Page
- Spongy Moth Information and Canadian Quarantine
Firewood Business Related Information for Canada
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