State Agriculture Department Conducts Blitz For Quarantined Firewood

State Agriculture officials confiscated 34 loads of firewood during their two day blitz last month in an effort to remind people not to move firewood from quarantined areas. Ohio Agriculture Department spokeswoman, Melissa Brewer, says last month’s check points will not be the last.

“Throughout the summer we will have periodic firewood check points where we will be doing a similar thing,” Brewer.

Brewer says most of the firewood was confiscated at check points in Huron County, but she says some was also taken at stops in Putnam and Paulding Counties.

“Several of the loads that we did confiscate had signs of Emerald Ash Borer. And so we put those in a truck and hauled those back into the quarantined area and disposed of them,” Brewer.

Brewer says, while the wood had signs that an EAB colony had been there, she does not think there were any larva. People trying to carry the wood across quarantined lines were issued a notification. They could be fined up to four-thousand dollars. EAB, a beetle responsible for killing millions of ash trees in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, was first discovered in Ohio in 2003. The state agriculture department will be inspecting ash trees on Orange Road in Delaware County next week.