The Whitesville Fire Company responded to a call for a brush fire this afternoon on East Veterans Highway. Upon arrival, firefighters found a resident burning debris and vegetation from Hurricane Irene in an open fire pit. Firefighters quickly put out the brush fire.
Fire District No.3 Captain, Ed Moore says the department has responded to a couple of calls regarding open burning of debris from Hurricane Irene and warned residents against the practice. Moore says open burning permits are available from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, but those are typically available only to owners of agricultural properties.
In some cases, the Forest Fire Service will allow for open burning, but you must contact the service and apply for a permit or you may face fines. Moore said that burning debris from the hurricane is not an advisable method for disposing of storm debris.
Under New Jersey State Law, violations may result in fines to $5,000 and reimbursement of costs associated with extinguishing the fire...written by jacksonnjonline.com
Fire Safety Tips
Be aware that if a fire threatens your home, you should not place the call to emergency services from inside the home. It is better to get out and place the call to fire authorities from a safe location outside the home