A controlled burn scheduled for Sunday in Egg Harbor Township has been postponed because of wet conditions, county officials said.

The burn was going to be conducted by the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service with assistance from the Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation.

County spokeswoman Linda Gilmore said that the controlled burns eliminate underbrush and leaf litter that can fuel wildfires. They also serve to stimulate new forest growth. This was to be the first of several planned burns to be conducted on county-owned property this year, she said.

The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service requires three consecutive days without precipitation prior to conducting a controlled burn. Wind conditions are also a factor. Smoke may be visible during the burn, but residents should not be alarmed.

Controlled burns are one of several measures the Division of Parks and Recreation employs to prevent fires. The division also promotes fire safety education and encourages residents to visit www.firewise.org to learn more.

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