Nov 4, 2014 1:50 PM

Firewood quarantine extended to Hillsborough County as Asian beetle spreads

CONCORD - A beetle infestation that state officials have been monitoring since the spring of 2013 has now spread to the three most populated counties in the state.

A firewood quarantine was already in place for Merrimack and Rockingham counties, when the state Department of Agriculture added Hillsborough County to the list on Oct. 30.

The quarantine is designed to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer - an Asian beetle that has wiped out 99 percent of ash trees in some parts of the Midwest in the past decade.

Firewood taken in any of the three counties cannot be brought across county lines.


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