The New Jersey State Forest Service will perform two controlled burns Sunday at the Atlantic County Park in Estell Manor to clear vegetation that could fuel fires later this year.

As part of the service’s annual controlled burn program, a total of four acres will be targeted for fire prevention during the evening hours.

The burns require three consecutive days without precipitation. Temperature and wind conditions also determine whether the controlled burns can be performed.

In addition to clearing underbrush and dead leaves that fuel fires, the controlled burns can also stimulate growth of new vegetation.

For more information, residents can call the Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation at 609-645-5960. For information about fire safety, visit www.firewise.org.

Wallace McKelvey