Peak season for wildfires in New Jersey is mid-March through May, when trees and bushes are not yet in full leaf; those conditions allow more sun to reach the forest floor and dry out fallen leaves and pine needles. That dry underbrush then acts as kindling for wildfires most of which, according to the state Forest Fire Service, are caused by people through accidents, carelessness, negligence or even arson.
Most wildfires are preventable. In 2020 the Forest Fire Service responded to more than 1,000 wildfires, only 12 of which were sparked by natural causes such as lightning. Those fires burned a total of 4,796 acres of land.
To learn more about wildfires in New Jersey, visit www.njwildfire.org