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May 25, 2023Jefferson City, Mo. | By: Jeremy Werner
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Thousands will be camping and building campfires this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer.
And that's why several state officials are encouraging campers to buy firewood from where they will burn it instead of bringing it from home.
State officials in Missouri and Iowa says that moving unseasoned firewood around the state can threaten the health of forests by spreading insects like the emerald ash borer that live in firewood.
The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic-green, invasive wood-boring beetle native to east Asia that attacks and kills ash trees. It attacks trees of any size, age, or stage of health.
The spread of the pest into uninfected areas has been primarily through people moving firewood from county to county or state to state.