Posted Friday, April 17th, 2020
Tips For Preventing Wildfires
Now that peak wildfire season is underway in New Jersey, the State Forest Fire Service is reminding residents in Morris County and across the region how they can help to avoid forest fires.
“Nearly all wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even
arson,” said State Firewarden and Forest Fire Service Chief Gregory S. McLaughlin. “Reducing
those risks is especially critical at this time of year, when weather conditions and other factors can
increase wildfire risk.
The Forest Fire Service works to prevent wildfires year-round through public outreach and education efforts, maintenance of fire breaks and prescribed burning.
In addition, the Forest Fire Service uses a network of strategically placed fire towers staffed by trained observers to pinpoint fires and direct resources to them as quickly as possible, and maintains a system of automated weather stations.
Most wildfires are preventable, and the public should follow these guidelines:
You can get more information from your local Forest Fire Service office.