April 24, 2014
HOWELL TOWNSHIP OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADVISES RESIDENTS ABOUT INCREASED RISK OF BRUSH FIRES
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for New Jersey for Thursday, April 24, 2014
April 24, 2014 – The Howell Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) advises residents that dry conditions and gusty winds will increase the risk of dangerous brush fires.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for New Jersey and surrounding areas that remains in effect from 9:00AM to 9:00PM Thursday. A Red Flag Warning means that a combination of dry fuels and weather conditions support extreme fire danger. Red Flag Warning conditions can also make firefighting difficult and increase the threat fires pose to life and property.
OEM encourage residents to exercise extra caution when using any ignition source outdoors, including gas and charcoal grills. In addition, smokers should never carelessly discard cigarettes. Residents should take steps to make their homes less vulnerable to wildfires and are encouraged to take the following precautions:
• Keep your lawn, trees, and plants well watered.
• Mow regularly. Clear weeds, cut grass, and dry vegetation from around your home.
• Trim dead wood from trees. Remove branches less than 10' from the ground.
• Use non-flammable plants for landscaping.
• Do not plant trees and plants too close to structures and under overhangs or eaves.
• Properly dispose of trash and debris, removing furniture, boxes and other material from your property.
• Store flammable liquids properly. Refuel garden equipment carefully.
• Keep the roof clean and clear. Remove leaf clutter from roof and gutters.
To report a fire, dial 911 immediately. Do not put yourself in harm’s way trying to extinguish a fire.