Mind your butts! Enhanced fire danger in South Jersey today

     A firefighter on the scene of a fire at Warren Grove in southern Ocean County in 2004. (Photo: New Jersey Forest Fire Service)

    A firefighter on the scene of a fire at Warren Grove in southern Ocean County in 2004. (Photo: New Jersey Forest Fire Service)

    The National Weather Service has issued a bulletin advising of enhanced fire danger in South Jersey Thursday. 

    The area of concern is generally from Interstate 195 to the south. A dry air mass, combined with gusty northwest winds, is the culprit. 

    “Recent precipitation will keep fuel moisture levels above critical thresholds,” the Special Weather Statement issued by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly advises. “However, given the dry and windy conditions, if a fire is started, rapid spread is possible, especially in fine fuels. Anyone working outside is urged to exercise fire prevention.”

    As Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Here are some tips from him.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.