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  • DEP Notice: Seasonal Prescribed Burning Program
DEP Notice: Seasonal Prescribed Burning Program
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NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2017

NEW JERSEY STATE FOREST FIRE SEASONAL PRESCRIBED BURNING PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY.
PROGRAM PROTECTS LIVES AND PROPERTY BY REDUCING WILDFIRE RISK WHILE ENHANCING HEALTH OF FORESTS.

(17/9) TRENTON - The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service advises residents that its seasonal prescribed burning program - which reduces wildfire risks by burning away the buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves, pine needles and other debris on forest floors - is under way. Residents are advised that they may see large plumes of smoke in areas where these controlled burns are being conducted.

Prescribed burns will take place through the end of March, conditions permitting. These burns are generally conducted during the winter - especially toward the late-winter months - to minimize the amount of smoke produced, and when weather conditions tend to be safer for controlled fires.

The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry will provide as much notice as possible of prescribed burns through its Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/newjerseyforests. The public may also contact the State Forest Fire Service at (609) 292-2977 about the prescribed burning program and where burns are expected to be conducted. When in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

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