Editor’s Note: The following is a news release issued Wednesday (May 30) by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Although the dry conditions that led to wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres in New Jersey last month have lessened, wildfires remain a pervasive threat to residents living in rural and heavily wooded areas. The number of wildfires so far in 2012 has already exceeded all of last year’s total, and despite recent rainfall, precipitation levels so far this year remain below those of 2011.
The Departments of Banking and Insurance, Community Affairs and Environmental Protection today reminded New Jersey homeowners who reside in or near forests to carefully maintain and review their insurance coverage, to maintain their properties with wildfire protection in mind and take commons sense precautions while enjoying the outdoors during wildfire season.
The Commissioners of the three departments today offered