Prescribed Burn Season Gets Underway

Today, Feb. 6, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burning operations in the following areas.

πŸ”₯ Burlington County – Manchester Twp. – Manchester Wildlife Management Area
πŸ”₯ Burlington County – Shamong Township – Wharton State Forest
πŸ”₯ Burlington County – Washington Twp. – Private Property
πŸ”₯ Burlington County – Washington Twp. – Wharton State Forest
πŸ”₯ Burlington County – Woodland Twp. – Brendan T Byrne State Forest
πŸ”₯ Camden County – Winslow Twp. – Winslow Wildlife Management Area
πŸ”₯ Ocean County – Berkeley Twp. – Double Trouble State Park
πŸ”₯ Ocean County – Lacey Twp. – Double Trouble State Park
πŸ”₯ Somerset County – Hillsborough Twp. – Nonprofit Property
πŸ”₯ Sussex County – Sandyston Twp. – Flatbrook Roy Wildlife Management Area
πŸ”₯ Sussex County – Walpack Twp. – Flatbrook Roy Wildlife Management Area

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).


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.

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