Controlled Burn

Recent Stockton University graduate, Tim McWilliams, now a part of the forest service, uses his drip torch to start the controlled burn in the forest across Stockton University on Wednesday around noon. Wednesday November 23, 2016. (Viviana Pernot / Staff Photographer)

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burns in four locations in South Jersey on Tuesday in order to reduce the risk of wildland fire. The burns will be weather dependent. 

Three of the burns will take place in Cumberland County. Burns will take place in Lawrence Township at the Buckshutem Wildlife Management Area,in Vineland at the Peaslee Wildlife Management Area and in Maurice River at the Peaslee Wildlife Management Area. 

One burn will take place in Atlantic County. That will be in Mullica Township at Pleasant Mills Road. 

One burn will also take place in southern Ocean County. That will be in Little Egg Harbor, on Nuggentown Road - Mill Branch.  

Prescribed burns are completed in order to minimize the risk of wildfire. Wildfire conditions are ripe on windy days, with low humidity and dry, fine fuels.

Wednesday will see the relative humidity again drop to the 30 to 50 percent range. Winds will be from the south-southwest under 10 mph. Ten hour fuel values will be 7 to 8 percent for the day. This makes for better than average wildfire conditions.


This is my first newspaper but not my first forecast for NJ. I graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Rutgers. Two TV internships gave me a taste for the newsroom. Then, after nearly 4 years in private NJ weather, I'm forecasting South Jersey for you.

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