Setting fire to New Jersey’s forests – on purpose

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JAMES M. O’NEILL / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Gaudy orange flames leaped up wizened corn stalks and lapped at wild grasses that clogged a field in one of New Jersey’s wildlife management areas. Within a few minutes, the searing flames in the middle of the field had leaped 40 feet into the air, tinting the plumes of smoke that billowed all around a pale orange.

The heat was intense, and several coyotes flushed from the fire raced from the field. Birds whirled and banked away from the heat and smoke …

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