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What are the causes of N.J.'s wildfires?

Wildfire 1963 (3)

A structure in the Weekstown section of Mullica Township burns in one of the April 1963 forest fires that devastated much of South Jersey.

According to research from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, 99 percent of 1,400 wildfires that are seen in the state each year are caused by humans. 17 percent of wildfires are caused by children, 14 percent by negligently leaving a campfire or smoking device burning and 13 percent by equipment use. If you see a fire, dial 9-1-1 and heed all local warnings. 

If you are in a wildfire warning, get to safety right away. Evacuate if you aret told to do so. If you're trapped, call 9-1-1. If you have an N95 mask, use that, as that will keep particles out of the air you breathe. Here is a list of N95 mask manufactures. 

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