NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL
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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