The first of four controlled burns to help provide protection from wildfires on county-owned properties with high public use was performed on Friday, November 23, 2012 on 14 acres in the campground area of Lake Lenape Park, Mays Landing.
The Atlantic County Division of Parks and Recreation will be assisting the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service with each of the controlled burns which will take place prior to March 15, 2013. Additional targets will include two locations within Estell Manor Park totaling 100 acres and 40 acres of parkland in the Cologne tract in Hamilton Township. No dates have yet been set for these burns.
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 are an effective land management tool that result in limited charring in specific, targeted areas, as opposed to the uncontrolled construction of a wildfire,” explained County Executive Dennis Levinson. “They permit non-targeted areas to continue to thrive and promote new growth and additional forage for birds and animals in burn-targeted areas.