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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has issued a letter with procedures for open burning and the use of smudge pots pertaining to New Jersey fruits, vegetables and floriculture.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and New Jersey Forest Fire Service caution all farmers and agriculture businesses with respect to the use of open burning in high wind velocity conditions. Please take note that high winds are expected this weekend (April 10-12, 2020) and farmers are encouraged to utilize smudge pots if warming is necessary during higher wind conditions. Use of open burning when wind velocity is greater than 5 mph is strictly prohibited, may contribute to wildfire risk, and can carry significant penalties.

Click here to read the full letter and procedures