Fires Are Being Deliberately Set Across New Jersey, But Don’t Worry


The New Jersey Forest Fire Department will be hard at work this week, deliberately burning down wooded areas throughout the Garden State.

It may sound strange, but Greg McLaughlin, the state fire warden and chief of the wildfire department, said that by using prescribed burning, he was able to reduce the risk of a wildfire. spin out of control later this year.

He said through careful mapping, the forest fire department is able to locate areas that have a significant buildup of pine needles, leaves and shrubs that could be a place where a fire could occur. trigger or spread.

“Then we will try to treat those areas with fire, through our prescribed burning, also known as controlled burning, to reduce those combustibles,” he said.

Wharton State Wildfire

NJ Forest Fire Department

He explained that reducing the amount of material that can feed a fast-moving wildfire will make it easier to control and contain when the spring wildfire season begins in about six weeks.

McLaughlin said his team will conduct hundreds of prescribed burns this month and next, covering 20,000 to 25,000 acres of forest.

Conditions and safety of prescribed burns

He said prescribed burning can only be done when there isn’t too much wind or heat, and humidity levels can’t drop too low, to ensure these fires don’t become not suddenly out of control.

“We’re usually going to start fires in a particular project in a strategic way, so we know how the fire behaves, and it’s going to be predictable, we do it slowly in a controlled way,” he said.

Helicopter drops water on Vernon wildfire

A helicopter drops water on a forest fire in Vernon (NJ Forest Fire Service/YouTube)

Fire suppression resources are always available in case there is a problem.

“We monitor and verify the area even after the project and the burn are complete, and sometimes we even bring in planes to help guide our ground resources,” he said.

Prescribed burns are good for the forest because they recycle nutrients from burnt leaves and pine needles.

“We also find that in some cases certain tree species depend on fire for their cones to open and release seeds,” he said.

Some studies indicate that prescribed burns help minimize tick populations.

Prescribed burning or forest fire?

He said to help keep the public informed about prescribed burns, the wildfire department is working with local and county emergency management offices to help publicize their plans, “and this year, for the first time , we are running a prescribed burn operations console at njwildfire. org. »

A fire burns in the forest of Woodland Township in Burlington County

A fire burns in the Woodland Township Forest in Burlington County (NJ Forest Fire Service)

He said if anyone has questions about the source of the smoke or if a fire is part of a prescribed burn operation, they can call 1-877-WARN-DEP.

To view videos on the prescribed burning process, you can visit this website.

You can contact journalist David Matthau at [email protected]

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