DEP Issues Air Quality Alert Due to Large NJ Brush Fire

brush_fire_3The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued an air quality action day for today, Monday, due to a large brush fire burning in Burlington County, NJ, which has reportedly already burned dozens of acres.

Smoke is being smelled as far as 90 miles away in New York, according to reports.

The DEP says the fine particles are forecast to reach the ‘unhealthy for sensitive groups’ category in Central and Northern New Jersey. Sensitive individuals, including the young, elderly, and persons with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activity, the DEP says.

The following counties are included in the alert: Eastern Monmouth, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Northwestern Burlington, Somerset, Southeastern Burlington, Sussex, Warren, Western Monmouth and Ocean.

Onshore winds and rain later in the day will improve conditions across the State and keep levels in the good/low moderate range in Southern New
Jersey,” the DEP said.

[TLS]

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