Serving All of Western New York

Are you burning wood this year?

There really is nothing like a wood burning fire, and soon it will be time to fire up again. Just remember – we are still in a wood quarantine.


A REGULATION is in effect that prohibits the import of firewood into New York unless it has been heat treated to kill pests. The regulation also limits the transportation of untreated firewood to less than 50 miles from its source. See Frequently Asked Questions.

By transporting firewood, you could be spreading diseases and invasive insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees. Help STOP THE SPREAD and obey the Firewood Regulation:

 •It is best to leave all firewood at home – please do not bring it to campgrounds or parks.

 •Get your firewood at the campground or from a local vendor – ask for a receipt or label that has the firewood’s local source.

 •If you choose to transport firewood within New York State:

It must have a receipt or label that has the firewood’s source and it must remain within 50 miles of that source.

For firewood not purchased (i.e. cut from your own property) you must have a Self-Issued Certificate of Source (PDF, 100 kB), and it must be sourced within 50 miles of your destination.

Only firewood labeled as meeting New York’s heat treatment standards to kill pests (kiln-dried) may be transported into the state and further than 50 miles from the firewood’s source. Acceptable firewood heat treatment must raise the core temperature of the firewood to 71 degrees C, or 160 degrees F, and hold it there for at least 75 minutes. Most “kiln-drying” processes that reduce the moisture content to less than 18% achieve this sterilization standard.