If you saw the smoke billowing above Ocean County today, you probably guessed that the New Jersey Forest Fire Service was hard at work on a controlled burn, but getting an actual look at where the smoke is coming from definitely makes you appreciate what they do.

My colleague Andy Chase from our sister station, 105.7 The Hawk got an up close view of the underbrush fires earlier today:

 

So what's the deal?

A number of times a year, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service purposefully sets fires to prevent fires.

It may sound counterproductive, but the goal is to cut down on brush and other kindling that could feed forest fires and fuel a Pine Barrens blaze to out-of-control levels.

So, while it may look alarming when you see a huge cloud of black smoke billowing over our area, it's actually a good thing that cuts down on destructive wildfires in the end.

 

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