Mind your butts! Enhanced risk of fire spread this afternoon

    (Photo: New Jersey Forest Fire Service)

    (Photo: New Jersey Forest Fire Service)

    The National Weather Service has issued a bulletin advising of an enhanced risk of wildfire spread this afternoon.

    The risk area includes most of New Jersey, including Monmouth, but excludes the remainder of coastal counties. 

    “Relative humidity values will drop to or just below 30 percent while southwest wind gusts of 15 to 20 mph will develop this afternoon,” the bulletin advises. “The combination of low relative humidity levels, gusty winds, and dry fuels will produce an elevated risk for the spread of wildfire.”

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

    The seasonal prescribed burning program — which reduces wildfire risks by burning buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves, and other debris on forest floors — has been underway since last month.

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