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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8/8/02
02/67

Contact: Elaine Makatura
609-292-9289

DRY CONDITIONS EXACERBATE DROUGHT EMERGENCY

(02/67) TRENTON---A continued lack of rain combined with record low stream flows and overall dry conditions throughout New Jersey have resulted in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell re-issuing open burning restrictions for all six drought regions in the state.

"The prolonged drought conditions heighten our concerns about the potential for forest fires," said Campbell. "As a precautionary measure I am prohibiting open burning statewide to guard against uncontrollable wildfires."

The following exceptions are not included in the open burning prohibition: outdoor barbecues; permits authorized for religious ceremonies; agricultural open burning; and campfires under certain conditions.

"We need to continue our efforts to conserve water and must be aware of the serious risks that fires present to us and our natural resources," added Campbell.

Since the end of June, most parts of the state have received less than two inches of rain while reservoir levels continue to decline.

All other drought restrictions remain in place.

For more information on the drought go to www.njdrought.org or call the drought hotline at 1-800-448-7379.

See attached Administrative Order. [Check the NJ Drought Site for drought related administrative orders.]

 

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