- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State biologists are reminding Michigan residents not to move firewood from one location to another because of the danger of spreading a disease that’s fatal to oak trees.

The Department of Natural Resources says a three-month period ended this week when oak wilt can be transmitted from diseased red oak trees to healthy ones. Still, the agency says wood from trees that were killed by oak wilt can produce spores that would infect healthy trees the following spring.

Forest specialist Bob Heyd says oak wilt affects mainly red oaks, which die within a few weeks after getting sick. White oaks are more resistant, so the disease progresses more slowly with them.

He says oak wilt spreads this time of year, as beetles move spores from dead to healthy trees.

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