Most Fires And Forest Fires Are Caused By People
The latest reported brush fires on Tuesday shut down rail service on New Jersey Transit and Amtrak’s Northeast corridor, cutting off train service between New York and Philadelphia. The disruptions were caused by fires that broke out in Kearny and Secaucus. Both blazes sent large clouds of thick, black smoke into the air, no injuries were reported.
Beginning on Sunday through Tuesday, fires broke out in Point Pleasant, Brick, Howell, Ocean Gate and Lacey.
This time of year is the height of the NJ’s fire season, which runs from mid-March to mid-May, according to a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The National Weather Service issued a “Red Flag” fire weather warning Tuesday, saying any fires that develop may get out of control due to strong winds, low humidity and dry grounds.
More than 2X as much forest burned this year compared to this time last year, according to statistics released by the state forest fire service. And as of Sunday, about 1,118 acres burned this year in 404 fires, last year just 420 acres burned in 277 fires.
In Brick, state forest firefighters contained a 10-acre wildfire in the Manasquan River Wildlife Management Area. A fire warden discovered the blaze just before 7:00a. Monday. The area is about 744 acres of state-owned forest in Brick and Wall.
The fire was under control by Noon Monday, according a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Nobody was injured, and no structures were damaged, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and it was not a prescribed burn.
There was a small fire near Forked River Game Farm Tuesday, there was no acreage estimate and said the fire was addressed quickly.
Fires are more likely this time of year in NJ because there are a lot of fallen trees, branches and leaves on the forest floor. Plants have not yet grown new leaves, and wind and warmer temperatures have a drying effect.
Most often, forest fires in New Jersey and the nation are caused by people.
Tips for avoiding forest fires, as follows:
- Make sure cigarettes and smoking materials are completely out and discarded properly
- Take precautions around campfires and make sure they’re completely extinguished
- Make sure ashes from wood stoves are wet and completely out before dumping them
Pay attention and take good care. Fires are very dangerous.
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