I was out Lacey Road today walking in Parkers second pit. As Guy said, there are 2 fire cuts that have been created. Each entrance in marked with pink tape. Driving from Mountain Rd/white gate towards town there is at least 4 other taped areas. There have been forest fire trucks parked on the road the last couple of days.
Controlled Burning - The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has notified the Lacey Township Police Department that they will be conducting controlled burning today (Friday, February 21, 2020) in the area of West Lacey Road and Spaulding Avenue, and West Lacey Road and Schoolhouse Road . Residents in Lacey Township may smell smoke throughout the day and evening.
Thank you, -Chief Michael C. DiBella
They burned the North Shore Campground at Bass River State Forest this week. All 93 campsites are now crispy. I think they also did the cabin and shelter areas but I didn't make it out there.
It's pretty amazing what they do, how they control it. Sharp edges between burnt areas and where they wanted it to stop. They used leaf blowers to clear a rectangle around the picnic tables, down to bare earth, so the tables wouldn't catch fire, I guess. Of the 93 sites, they 'only' melted 3 of the site marker posts. See photo. (Guess who gets to dig up the remains and set new ones.)
Weirdest thing I saw and removed: One of those big 5 gallon water bottles used in water dispenser machines. It was resting on its side in the brush during the burn. Now half of it looks like new, half is melted flat.