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Forest fire risk in New Jersey increases with warmer weather

New Jersey forest fire officials warn that with the onset of spring, the risk of fires in Jersey's woods increases.

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Prescribed burns today in Ocean, Monmouth, Burlington, Camden Counties

Gathering clouds and an increasing chance of showers through midweek send New Jersey Forest Fire Service crews into woodlands of four Central and South Jersey counties today, conducting prescribed burns to clear dead underbrush.

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Smoky Brick: Prescribed burn in progress

Brick Township folks can expect the air to be redolent with smoke today, while a prescribed burn in woods near Ridge Road continues.

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Prescribed burns in southern Ocean County today

While there's still about a month left for controlled burns, New Jersey State Forest Fire Service crews are taking advantage of each dry day with low winds to gain progress against potential summer Pinelands wildfires. Today's prescribed burns take place in Stafford and Lacey Townships.

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Smoke near the water: controlled burn in southern Ocean County

Before tonight's rain sets in, New Jersey Forest Fire Service staffers seize the opportunity to clear away flammable dead underbrush with controlled burns in Ocean and Stafford Townships in southern Ocean County.

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Controlled Burn Near Manahawkin
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Smoke over Manalapan, choppers around the shore – all accounted for

Smoke overhead and choppers hovering - normally an ominous sign for inhabitants of thickly-forested sections of the shore, but not this time.

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Manchester brush fire site 5-4-15 (Manchester PD)
Manchester brush fire site 5-4-15 (Manchester PD)
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Manchester brush fire probe inconclusive

A quickly-extinguished Monday brush fire in Manchester leaves three acres of woods largely charred and folks in a nearby neighborhood breathing a sigh of relief. But how it started remains a mystery.

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Prescribed Burns Under Way in Woodsy Stretches

If you spot smoke drifting over forested sections of the shore and South Jersey between now and April 1, in most cases, it isn't a worry. It's aimed at preventing massive fire and smoke later this year.

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Archival Image of Ocean County Controlled Burn (Townsquare Media NJ)
Archival Image of Ocean County Controlled Burn (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Controlled Burns Under Way in Shore Wooded Spots

Seeing smoke from densely-wooded sections of Ocean and Monmouth County? If so, that means the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is doing its job of burning away dead underbrush that's accumulated through the long, harsh winter.

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Camp Fire Restriction in Place As Fire Danger Level is Elevated

Fire danger alerts are elevated through out the state prompting officials to put campfire restrictions in place.

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