North Carolina

The state of North Carolina has multiple large regions quarantined due to the presence of damaging forest pests. Taking firewood out of any quarantined area or county, and bringing it into a non-quarantined county, is prohibited. North Carolina also prohibits the movement of firewood from out-of-state quarantined areas into North Carolina. The North Carolina Forest Service advises that no matter where you are in the state, it is best to use firewood harvested under 50 miles from where you will burn it.

Forest pests that spread by hitchhiking in or on contaminated firewood kill thousands of trees in North Carolina and the neighboring states each year. Residents and visitors can help contain these pests by following a few rules of thumb and checking out public and private campsite policies for firewood:

  • National Park campground facilities (Great Smoky Mountain National ParkBlue Ridge Parkway) require state or federal certified heat-treated firewood in their campsites.
  • NC State Parks and National Forest Campgrounds urge campers to acquire firewood locally. Some campgrounds may allow the collection of dead and downed trees from around the campground, call or research ahead of time to see if this is permitted.
  • Private campgrounds may have their own firewood use rules. Remember to check out the individual campsite policies before heading there.
  • Burn firewood for home or cabin heating within a 50-mile radius of its origin.
  • Find local and certified heat-treated firewood vendors at FirewoodScout.org.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 2 June 2021.

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