RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is ordering an emergency quarantine restricting the movement of firewood or any parts of ash trees from leaving three counties along the Virginia border.
Agriculture officials said Monday the tree-killing emerald ash borer has been found in North Carolina for the first time. The quarantine effects the movement of materials from living or dead ash trees in Granville, Person and Vance counties after the destructive pest was found in trees there.
North Carolina is the 20th state in the country to confirm the presence of the bug.
Emerald ash borers were first detected in Michigan in 2002, and authorities estimate the insect has killed more than 50 million ash trees since then.