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.
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.
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.
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.
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.