Oklahoma Forestry Services reminds the public that moving firewood and other plant material can spread invasive tree pests that cause major damage to forests. As a result, several firewood restrictions are in place. For example, firewood cannot be transported in Oklahoma if it was in 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.
Also, because Oklahoma is already invaded by the imported fire ant, it is illegal to take firewood 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 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
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 24 February 2022.
Oklahoma Web Resources:
- Firewood Information, US Forest Service Southern Region
- Tree and Forest Health, Oklahoma Forestry Services
- Invasive Species in OK, Oklahoma Forestry Services
- Current Tree Pests in OK, Oklahoma Forestry Services
- Pest Quarantines, Oklahoma Agriculture
- Pest Digital Diagnostics
Pest Specific Information
- European Spongy Moth North America Quarantine Map
- Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine
- Thousand Cankers Disease Maps Listing
- Imported Fire Ant Interactive Quarantine Map
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