Meeting To Keep Homes Safe From Wildfires

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MANCHESTER – Is your neighborhood safe from a wildfire?

That’s the question that will be asked at a meeting on March 6 at the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company, 120 Lacey Road. There will be two sessions, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Art Abline, emergency management coordinator, said the goal is to create 100 feet of defensible space around homes. This means cutting out highly flammable brush, and making other efforts to prevent the fire from having any fuel to continue.

There are two hotspots in Whiting that they would like to address, he said. Representatives from the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service will be on hand for questions.

A few of the township’s villages are Firewise Communities, which means they’ve taken the steps to contain wildfires, officials said. They are hoping to get the rest of the communities on board.