NJ forest fire: Fires are as much a part of the Pinelands as the pines themselves

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RUSS ZIMMER and KALA KACHMAR / APP.COM – Fires are a necessary part of renewal in New Jersey’s Pinelands, although controlled burns are preferable to the blaze that was fully contained Monday after churning through 18 square miles of the Penn State Forest over the weekend.

“The forest is going to bounce back from this fire just as quickly as they always do. In five to seven years, it’ll probably look like there was no fire there. Maybe sooner than that,” said Michael Achey, division warden for New Jersey Forest Fire Service. “One thing about the pine forest is that they seem to like reoccurring fires and seem to bounce back very quickly.” …

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