MADISON, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) State officials have quarantined seven additional counties due to the emerald ash borer. The destructive beetle is responsible for killing millions of ash trees across 18 states, including Wisconsin.
Ag officials say the destructive pest has been found in Columbia, Grant and Monroe counties; with Richland, Iowa, Lafayette and Green counties in close proximity. The total number of counties now in quarantine is at 29 now.
Counties in quarantine are forced to work with officials to ensure firewood sent to non-quarantined counties is ash borer free. Citizens are also restricted from moving firewood.