Friday, April 19, 2024

Our “Eye in the Sky” Wants You to Know…

Catfish Fire Tower, on the Appalachian Trail, in Hardwick, has commanding views of Northwest Jersey, said seasoned fire observer, Bob Wolff.

Looks like winter/spring forest fire might be drawing to a close after hundreds of fires and thousands of acres burned since beginning of year in New Jersey.

Spring forest fire season has closed thanks to rain and green up. Firetowers were scheduled to be staffed from Feb 4th to April 28th.

Just in April, North Jersey numbered 105 wildfires consuming 1091acres, so far this year 227 fires burned 1,178.75 acres. Statewide, 568 fires burned 7,911.5 acres. Structures and vehicles were damaged or destroyed.

Hardwick had two wildfires that burned 10.5 acres. Also in Hardwick, a prescribed burn involved 40 acres.

Other prescribed burns in Frelinghuysen and Knowlton were conducted. Thousands of acres were prescribed burned statewide to reduce fuel loads, fire hazards, improve wildlife habitat and forest health.

Now efforts will turn to fire equipment, fire tower maintenance , training and preparation for out-of-state fire assignments.

Many fires have been ignited by dead trees falling on power lines and also illegal burning of debris.


Desiree Dunn
Desi L. Dunn, Managing Editor
Managing Editor at Desiree L. Dunn, LLC

Born & educated in NY with an Environmental Science degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Desi's family resides in Hardwick with a young teen and several spoiled pets. Considering northwest Jersey to be a true gem, her commitment to the people and environs is exemplified by the many different jobs she's had - municipal & county official, election clerk, open space plan writer, newspaper & radio journalist, grant writer, events coordinator and farm market manager as well as retail, waitressing, archaeological digger and once for a short while in a very huge warehouse.

Her favorite was as a reporter for many years with the Recorder newspapers, Blairstown Press, Paulinskill Chronicle, Gannett publications plus WNTI Public Radio producing public affairs and human interest stories on-air.

She often has her camera ready to capture interesting people and events. She's thrilled to now serve as RVE's Managing Editor, helping fellow writers hone their skills and show you the issues as well as treasures that exist in North Warren, through their eyes.