Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mid-Atlantic: Brush Fire, Rx Burn, and SEATs

Some news from New York City, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania as we prepare to enter the spring fire season in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

Brush Fire in Queens - Howard Beach
On Saturday evening March 15, 2014 a brush burned in a marsh near Howard Beach in Queens, the fire was brought under control in two to three hours.

For more on this fire check out a NewsDay article and a NY Daily News article

Prescribed or Controlled burning in New Jersey
New Jersey Forest Fire Service Firefighters have been conducting prescribed or controlled burns around the State. An article with an embedded video of a Prescribed burn at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in New Jersey from Newsworks may be found here. There is a short article on prescribed burns that were done the weekend of March 15 and 16th on NJ dot com; the article discusses some legislation pending in the NJ legislature that will mean more prescribed burns if the bill is passed and signed into law as written.

SEATS in Pennsylvania
Finally, two Air Tractor 802's (SEATs)  will go on contract for the spring fire season in Pennsylvania starting March 29 through early May. The SEATs will be based at the Mid State Airport in PA. For more information please read this article from the Gant Daily.

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