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New Jersey

New Jersey

Burning and Mowing Saves Homes

E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge - 2003

Homes in a New Jersey borough were saved from the effects of a wind-driven fire during the dry 2003 Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to regular prescribed burning and mowing of grass and brush by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

This work lowered the wildfire's rate of spread, allowing firefighters to easily contain it at just less than two-acres. Most recently, a prescribed burn was completed the previous spring along the refuge's northern boundary adjacent to homes to provide protection against frequent human-caused fires.

This refuge contains highly flammable pitch pine and is bordered on three sides by single family homes, a shopping plaza, motel, and a state youth corrections facility.

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