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California is participating in the kickoff of the national “Firewood Scout” pilot program this summer in an effort to assist consumers in buying firewood local to where they will be burning it. The online Firewood Scout program will be especially useful in its mobile form, as on-the-go travelers will be able to use their smartphones to identify where local firewood distributors are in a given area. The website will also offer information on invasive species of concern in California as well as a set of questions consumers can ask to help assure the wood being purchased is low-risk for insects and diseases. Movement of firewood long distances can help spread harmful invasive species. Firewood Scout will help keep wood local and keep residents and visitors of California “Buying It Where They Burn It.”