Wednesday, April 23, 2014
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM
SECTION B10 CURRENT FIRE DANGER
TODAY IS A CLASS 4 DAY
BUILDUP INDEX- 30
RELATIVE HUMIDITY- 48%
HAINES INDEX- 3
WIND- NW @ 15, gusting 35
updated 04/23/2014 at 1430 hrs
NEW JERSEY CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS
For Division B (central NJ)- Outdoor fires are banned today
Ag burning suspended through Friday 04/25/14
SPECIAL NOTICES/WEATHER ALERTS
NJFFS Dvision B - Level 2 Patrol for Thursday
Div B- Outdoor fires are banned today and Thursday
Ag burns suspended through Thursday
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THURSDAY
FOR ALL OF NEW JERSEY
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
727 PM EDT WED APR 23 2014
RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 8 PM EDT THURSDAY FOR
LOW RELATIVE HUMIDTY AND STRONG WIND FOR EASTERN
PENNSYLVANIA...MOST OF NEW JERSEY
WINDS...NORTHWEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS WILL BE LATE MORNING INTO THE EARLY
AFTERNOON THURSDAY, WITH THE LOWEST HUMIDITIES FROM LATE MORNING
INTO THE EARLY EVENING.
RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AS LOW AS THE UPPER TEENS TO LOW 20S.
TEMPERATURES...RANGING FORM THE UPPER 5OS AND LOW 60S UP NORTH,
TO THE MID TO UPPER 60S ELSEWHERE.
IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF WINDY CONDITIONS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITY VALUES WILL LEAD TO A MORE RAPID SPREAD RATE OF ANY
FIRES THAT MAY DEVELOP. RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO EXERCISE
FIRE PREVENTION WITH ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND PROPERLY
DISPOSE OF SMOKING MATERIALS
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY DUE TO A COMBINATION
OF STRONG WINDS...LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...AND DRY FUELS. ANY
FIRES THAT DEVELOP MAY QUICKLY GET OUT OF CONTROL AND BECOME
DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN.
CURRENT NJ WILDFIRE ACTIVITY
04/23/14 @ 2300 hrs- SECTION B10- Old Bridge Twp, Runyon Watershed off of Old Waterworks Rd- B10 crews have contained a 3-5 acre fire in heavy pine forest. More info and better mapping to follow in the morning. A plow line was put around the fire last night. A crew will monitor the fire overnight. Updated 04/24 @ 0200 hrs Status- Contained
04/23/14 @ 1500 hrs- **MAJOR FIRE** SECTION C3- Downe Twp near Dividing Creek Rd & Ackley Rd. Div C crews currently working a large fire in the Edward G. Bevan WMA. Air tanker Charlie 2, Jet Ranger Delta 2 and Huey Delta 6 worked the fire. Ground crews are burning-out. Expected to be about 1,500 acres after burn-out. Updated 04/24 @ 0200 hrs
Status- 25% containment
04/21/14 @ 1900 hrs- SECTION A1- Vernon Twp- Wawayanda State Park, behind the A & P Shopping Ctr off Rt 515. - A1 crews worked a wildfire on a steep ridge. Huey Delta 6 & 7 worked the fire. No danger to any homes in the area. Last reported size was about 51 acres after better mapping.
Updated 04/24/14 @ 0200 hrs Status- 100% contained
NJFFS FIRE TOWER STATUS
Div A, B & C fire towers are STAFFED today
Fire tower hours of operation 0945-1745
2014 CONTRACT AIRCRAFT SCHEDULE
Division A - Aeroflex Air Attack Base STAFFED TODAY 04/23
Alpha-3, 300 gallon Ag Cat -- March 29 to May 4 (37 days)
Division B -- Miller Air Attack Base STAFFED TODAY 04/23
Bravo-3, 300 gallon Ag Cat -- April 3 to April 17 (15 days)
Bravo-1, 600 gallon Air Tractor 602 -- April 18 to May 11 (24 days)
Division C -- Downstown Air Attack Base STAFFED TODAY 04/23
Charlie-2, 400 gallon Turbine Ag Cat -- March 28 to April 19 (23 days)
Charlie-1, 600 gallon Air Tractor 602 -- April 20 to May 12 (23 days)
1 is the designator for the 602 Air Tractor
2 is the designator for the 400 gallon turbine Ag Cat
3 is the designator for the 300 gallon Ag Cat
4 is the designator (if needed) for a 2nd 300 gallon Ag Cat
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SCENES FROM AROUND THE STATE.....
Video clip of NJFFS Huey Delta 6 doing bucket work on the Vernon Twp wildfire near Wawayanda State Park on 04/22/14
Photos from a 3 acre wildfire in Clayton's pit, in Jackson Twp on 04/21 in section B9. Initially, Air tanker BRAVO 1 made 1 drop.
Photos: Wally Jamison, NJFFS
B10 Deputy District Warden Chet Jameson mops up at a 3/4 acre fire off of Texas Rd in Old Bridge 04/21/14
Photo: Pete Monaco, NJFFS
B1 crews work on a stubborn 25 acre fire off of Rt 38 in Lumberton (secondary response area) on 04/19/14. Rt 38 was closed for a time due to dense smoke.
Photo: George Gerber III, NJFFS