Contact Us
Make My Homepage

NJ Forest Fire Risk Remains Low, But Can Change Quickly [AUDIO]

Even though this week has been hot and dry, the forest fire risk remains low in New Jersey for now.

Wharton State Forest
Flickr User Owls Flight Photography

June was a very rainy month in New Jersey and all of that moisture is helping hold back the hand of the forest fire risk on the floor of the woods.

Assistant State Forest Fire Warden John Reith says the humidity values have been relatively low.

“Yesterday they were in the 30′s, today they are forecast in the 40′s, and that’s not really high for this time of the year. The drying, things are drying out, there’s no doubt about that.”

The news for forest fire risks is good and bad. Obviously we are not in a drought yet, but the extreme heat makes things dry out very quickly.

“Right now, we have no restrictions on any campfires, agricultural burning [...] anything along those lines.”

Reith says the sandy soil in Central and South Jersey means that the vegetation that thrives in the forests in those areas dries out quickly, so conditions can rapidly change.

He also says that typically in the summer we don’t have as many intense fires, because normally you’ll get thunderstorms, you’ll have higher humidity, the foliage is all green, shades the forest floor and helps delay the drying because of that foliage.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of the Web


Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on New Jersey 101.5 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!