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DNR considers new firewood restriction to slow emerald ash borer

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The DNR is considering a new restriction on bringing firewood into state parks, to slow the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer. 

Firewood is the main carrier of the ash beetle, which moved into far northwest Wisconsin for the first time this year. 

Wednesday in Pembine, the state Natural Resources Board agreed to hold public hearings on reducing the distance that firewood can be brought onto state-owned properties from 25 miles to 10.

The limit does not apply to firewood certified as being pest-free by the state Agriculture Department. It will continue to be against the law to bring in firewood from other states. 

Public hearings on the new rule are set for October 29th in Madison, Eau Claire, Wausau, and Green Bay. 

Five new counties have been quarantined this year for the emerald ash borer -- Jefferson, Dodge, Sauk, Winnebago, and Douglas.