Oklahoma prohibits the entry of firewood into the state if it is coming out of Delaware county, or any states infested with the highly destructive emerald ash borer. Similarly, it is illegal to bring firewood into Oklahoma from states infested with thousand cankers disease. These and other harmful tree pests are known to spread to new areas on firewood and can cause irreversible damage to forests.
Also, because Oklahoma is already invaded by the federally regulated imported fire ant, firewood should not be taken out of the following Oklahoma counties:
- Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Stephens, and Tillman
Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF) and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Region provide the following firewood recommendations so you can help prevent the spread of forest pests:
- Cut or buy firewood from local sources
- Do not move firewood more than 50 miles from where it was cut
- Avoid transporting firewood from your home to campgrounds or parks and vice versa
- If you bring outside firewood to a campground, burn it all before leaving
Oklahoma State Parks strongly discourage the use of firewood from outside the park. Instead, buy firewood at or near your destination or check with the park staff or park manager to determine if collecting firewood from the forest floor is permissible.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 13 September 2022.
Oklahoma Web Resources:
- Oklahoma Tree Insect and Disease Issues, ODAFF
- Firewood Information, US Forest Service Southern Region
- Tree and Forest Health, Oklahoma Forestry Services
- State Park FAQ’s
- Pest Quarantines, ODAFF
- Pest Digital Diagnostics
Pest Specific Information
- Spongy Moth Federal Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine
- Thousand Cankers Disease Maps Listing
- Imported Fire Ant Interactive Quarantine Map
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