SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS: Deadly pest invades oaks

Today the San Jacinto blog takes a mountain detour, but this could be in your San Jacinto Valley backyard too if you brought oak firewood home from San Diego County, whether from a firewood vendor or Uncle Ted’s chainsaw adventure in the woods.

You may unknowingly help spread the deadly gold-spotted oak borer.

This deadly pest was in the news again Wednesday, Nov. 14, as Cal Fire reported an infested tree found in Idyllwild. The weekly Idyllwild Town Crier newspaper documented the cutting down of the estimated 140-year-old California black oak tree, a short walk southwest of the Shell gas station on Highway 243.