The Ministry of Forests is warning of the recent spread of a moth species known to quickly kill healthy Douglas fir trees.
According to a statement released Tuesday, an infestation of Tussock Moth has been found in trees located in the western Cariboo region near the community of Alkali Lake.
Generally found in the Okanagan and south Thompson regions, the recent infestation marks the farthest north the pest has ever been recorded.
The insect is considered a pest due to its ability to kill large Douglas fir trees in just one to two short years.
Furthermore, the moth caterpillars have also been known to cause allergic reactions in about 20% of people.
The Ministry is advising people to not take firewood from the infested area surrounding Alkali Lake.
Officials are currently assessing the infested area and are outlining a treatment plan for when the insects re-emerge in the spring.