National Weather Service: Elevated wildfire risk Wednesday, Thursday

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

The same areas of New Jersey and New York that were bothered by smoky hazed from last weekend’s forest fire are at risk today, according to a special weather statement posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center./NWS The same areas of New Jersey and New York that were bothered by smoky hazed from last weekend’s forest fire are at risk today, according to a special weather statement posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center./NWS The same areas of New Jersey and New York that were bothered by smoky hazed from last weekend’s forest fire are at risk today, according to a special weather statement posted by the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center.

The watch areas include the southern portion of Burlington County, the Wharton State Forest, Cape May Court House, Millville, Hammonton, and Jackson, the National Weather Service said.

“Low relative humidity levels, gusty northwest winds and drying fine fuels will create an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires this afternoon,” the National Weather Service said. “No rain is expected into Thursday, so the enhanced rish will also exist on Thursday afternoon.”

The National Weather Service warns against parking vehicles on grassy surfaces which can easily ignite.

Also, smokers should carefully discard used cigarettes.

“It only takes one improperly disposed cigarette to ignite a fire,” the Weather Service said.

Last weekend, a fire burned 1,500 acres in the central portion of the Wharton State Forest, in an area northeast of historic Batsto Village. No homes were damaged. No injuries were reported.

However, a smoky haze created by the fire settled across much of northern New Jersey and hamper the next morning’s commute in New York City.


blog comments powered by Disqus