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DEEP reminds residents to burn firewood locally

October 7, 2018

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection recently took to social media to remind residents to burn their wood locally to prevent the spread of forest pests.

“Your firewood choices matter,” DEEP said. “You can protect the places you love by preventing the spread of forest pests on firewood.”

The agency urges residents not to move firewood, or bring it somewhere else to burn it. Instead, DEEP said, residents should buy firewood in the area they plan to burn it.

Residents can also purchase certified heat-treated firewood — which may seem odd, but is a helpful alternative.

Heat-treated firewood is put in a kiln and treated for 48 hours. The treatment kills all insects, including invasive species, that can be found in the wood.

“You have the power to slow the spread of forest pests,” DEEP said.

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