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To help provide protection from wildfires, the Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation will be assisting the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service with a controlled burn of approximately 70 acres in two targeted locations in the county park at Estell Manor Sunday, March 3.
The controlled burn is contingent upon weather conditions, as the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service requires three consecutive days without precipitation prior to conducting a controlled burn. Wind conditions are also a factor.
Controlled burns help eliminate underbrush and leaf litter that can fuel fires. In addition, they serve to stimulate new forest growth. They are one of several measures the Division of Parks and Recreation employs to prevent fires.
The division also promotes fire safety education and encourages residents to visit www.firewise.org to learn more.
For more information about the controlled burns contact Clayton Ingersoll, Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation, at (609) 625-8219.