Monday, March 06, 2017

Red Flag Warnings in Plains, Prescribed burns in NJ

As I write this there are Red Flag warnings (in pink on the map below) for Monday, March 6th in portions of the Plains in the United States. That is portions of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska are under Red Flag warnings. Also included in the Red Flag warning are a small portion of Iowa and South Dakota as well as a small corner of Missouri. The areas colored in yellow on the map are under a Fire Weather Watch (portions of Missouri).

Map obtained from NWS Fire Weather -- on March 6, 2017 at 11:50 AM
Meanwhile, here in New Jersey, we had some dry and windy conditions around the State this past weekend. These conditions probably limited where the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) could conduct prescribed burns. As always, when the NJFFS announces their daily or weekend plans for prescribed burns as they did on the NJFFS Facebook account this past weekend, the prescribed burns are weather dependent. Perhaps it was the weather that lead the NJFFS said in their Facebook post of March 5th to cancel prescribed burns in the northern and central portions of New Jersey (Divisions A & B). Given the winds that I myself experienced over the weekend, I can understand why prescribed burns were cancelled in my part of New Jersey. Prescribed  burns did continue as planned in the southern portion of New Jersey (Division C).

The NJFFS has planned prescribed burns for today, Monday March 6th, as noted in the following Facebook post (click on "see more" for a complete list)

Stay safe everyone!

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