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Prescribed Burns Miss Target as Wildfire Season Approaches

February 25, 2022 | njspotlightnews.org




The state’s annual program of prescribed burns, which are meant to reduce the amount of fuel available to wildfires, has covered only 1,998 acres in 2022. That’s far short of a target of 25,000 acres each year, said Greg McLaughlin, chief of the state forest fire service.


NJ SEED:With 40% of NJ’s land forested, and about half its homes close to wooded areas, managed burns are essential to good forest management and public safety.

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