Burn It: Why You Shouldn’t Travel with Firewood

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Camping trips rarely feel complete without a few hours spent gazing into the flames of a crackling campfire. If you’re car camping this summer and plan to enjoy that atavistic delight, remember a simple rule about firewood: don’t travel with it.

Firewood can harbor small, invasive pests that could put a forest at risk if introduced to a new area. Even wood that appears clean can host microscopic nuisances. Pests such as the emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, and Asian longhorn beetle could be introduced to Alaska if firewood is brought in from outside the state. Even transporting firewood within Alaska can be a risk.

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