Forest Fire Danger Remains Remains High Tuesday
The danger of forest fire remains high in New Jersey Tuesday, and a Red Flag Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
With no rain in the forecast, wind gusts of up to 25 mph and low humidity, conditions are perfect for a wildfire to be sparked and quickly spread, especially between noon and 8 p.m.
"That doesn't mean every tree, bush, and field will spontaneous combust. Rather, if a fire gets started, it will spread quickly and become very difficult to contain," WPG chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow said. "That makes it very important for all New Jerseyans to use extreme caution with any outdoor burning. One discarded cigarette could set an entire forest on fire in such conditions."
The threat is high throughout the northeast with an area from eastern Pennsylvania to southern New Hampshire under a Red Flag Warning.
Several fires burned around New Jersey on Sunday and Monday. A fire burned 113 acres of forest in Shamong inside Wharton State Forest while a second fire in the Glen Grey section of Bergen County park system in Mahwah burned 15 acres. A fire also broke out in the Matawan River Wildlife Management Area along Sally Ike Road in Brick early Monday morning.
All three fires have since been completely contained.