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Prescribed Burns Miss Target as Wildfire Season Approaches

Updated: Jun 27

February 25, 2022 |

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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