Wildfire bill becomes law


Make text smaller Make text larger





TRENTON — Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Parker Space allowing controlled burns of forests and open lands to protect against wildfires was signed into law.

“Pinelands wildfires have burned thousands of acres and forced thousands of people to be evacuated, putting them and wildlife at risk,” said Dancer. “Burning off dead brush and leaves helps prevent wildfires and their intensity. Allowing controlled burns is also excellent for the health of the environment. Lives, property and infrastructure will be protected.”

The New Jersey State Fire Service has a seasonal controlled burning program for state-owned property, including state forests, parks and wildlife management areas. Burns are usually conducted during late winter months and continue thru the end of March when weather conditions tend to be safer for controlled burns.

“This new law protects landowners’ rights while protecting the public from dangerous wildfires,” said Space (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris). “Expanding the use of safe and controlled burns also promotes a healthier forest environment by allowing for wildlife habitat management, forest disease and pest control and nutrient management.”

The Dancer-Space bill (A1675) establishes a process to permit landowners to conduct prescribed burns, and authorizes the Bureau of Forest Fire Management to conduct burns in any area of the state it determines is reasonably in danger of wildfire. Before doing so, it must give landowners 30 days’ notice. Landowners burning on their own property do not need to be certified.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Where in Sparta?
Do you know where this photo was taken? If so, go to www.spartaindependent.com, click on the Fun & Games tab and post your...
Read more »
Image

Where in Sparta?
The answer to last week's photo clue is Sparta Block on Woodport Road. Katharina Cohen, Sig Binder, Mike Jaretsky and Coco Levine answered correctly.
Read more »
Image

Hospice holds 'Celebrate Life' walk
— On September 29, 2018, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will host the third annual “Celebrate Life 5k Walk.” The walk,...
Read more »
Image

Sparta Chess Club turns 17
— The Sparta Chess Club will open its 17th season next week in the five Sparta schools. The club has an uphill climb this year to...
Read more »
Image

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers



MOST READ

Local News
Group donates backpacks to students
  • Sep 18, 2018
Local News
Cutting and grooming for decades
  • Sep 17, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Sparta, NJ