Prescribed Burns in Ocean County Today

Today, Feb. 14, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burning operations in the following areas.

πŸ”₯ Morris County – Chester Twp. – Black River Wildlife Management Area
πŸ”₯ Ocean County – Jackson Twp. – Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area
πŸ”₯ Ocean County – Jackson Twp. – County Property
πŸ”₯ Ocean County – Lacey Twp. – Double Trouble State Park

This schedule is weather dependent and subject to change. If in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

πŸ”— Active / upcoming prescribed burn map:

There are multiple benefits to prescribed burning, which is a safe, effective and efficient means of managing the buildup of forest fuels that may contribute to the start and spread of a wildfire. By actively eliminating sources of fuel that exacerbate forest fire risks through a controlled and prescribed burning program, the Forest Fire Service reduces risk to New Jersey residents, visitors and the environment.

Prescribed burns improve habitat for plants and animals, reduce the presence of damaging insects and ticks, and recycle nutrients into the soil. In addition, prescribed burning is an important part of the state’s carbon defense strategy. Allowing experts to choose the intensity, timing and interval of fire across the landscape may help prevent a larger uncontrolled wildfire, which would contribute to significant carbon loss. Typically, most prescribed burns take place between February and early April.

πŸ”— Learn more about prescribed burning in New Jersey:


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