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Emerald ash borer located in Winnebago County; now quarantined

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time, the emerald ash borer has been found in Winnebago County.

The county will join 18 others on the quarantine list in Wisconsin.

Officials say the tree-killing pest was found in the yard of a private home on August 1 in the Town of Black Wolf.

The quarantine applies to all of Winnebago County. It prohibits wood products from being moved out of the county to areas that are not infested. 

For private citizens, this means that they cannot take firewood from Winnebago County to non-quarantine counties. For businesses handling wood products that could carry EAB, it means that they must work with DATCP to assure that their products are pest-free before shipping. 

The quarantine will be put in place temporarily by a Wisconsin emergency rule, until the U.S. Department of Agriculture completes the process to put a federal quarantine in place. 

Earlier this week, Fond du Lac officials announced the emerald ash borer had been found near the city, and added they'd put a plan of attack in place that will likely include taking out ash trees. 

It was the first time the ash tree-killing insect has been found in Fond du Lac County. 

Fond du Lac city officials are encouraging residents to attend a DNR informational meeting set for 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the legislative chambers of the City/County Government Center, 160 South Macy Street.