ENVIRONMENT

Firefighters Try to Contain Wildfires in Burlington County

Contractors in Burlington County are working to cut down trees still smoldering from wildfires, the cause of which is still under investigation.

According to Assistant Division Forest Fire Warden Michael Achey, March, April and May are prime time for fires. Although fires are anticipated this time of year, Achey said the fires usually aren’t large.

Weather is a key factor. A virtually snow-free winter, little rain this spring and now low humidity all contributed to the spread of fire, along with the wind.

Gypsy moth caterpillars are also to blame. They kill oak trees, which helped fuel this fire. Two hundred local firefighters and the New Jersey forest fire service joined to fight the blaze.

Now the goal is to eliminate anything that may potentially cause a new fire by cutting down trees and hosing down debris.

NJ Today’s Lauren Wanko reports from Tabernacle.

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