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Firewood from MA, CT banned in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State environmental officials say firewood from Massachusetts and Connecticut is banned from Rhode Island.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says it doesn't want invasive insects in Massachusetts and Connecticut to spread.

DEM says the Asian Longhorned Beetle has caused millions of dollars of damage in Massachusetts. It says another exotic invasive, the Emerald Ash Borer, was recently detected in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

The movement of all hardwood firewood out of those states is now restricted.

DEM says firewood dealers can't obtain firewood from Massachusetts or Connecticut to sell or distribute in Rhode Island and Rhode Island homeowners can't purchase or move any firewood from the neighboring states.

DEM is asking campers to use only local firewood at their campsites.

Neither insect has been found in Rhode Island.

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