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As part of a two stage fire restriction that will affect campers and residents, The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is implementing a ban on backyard firepits and campfires starting Monday, September 30. According to the New Jersey Herald, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Hunterdon, and Somerset counties are all currently under a "high" fire danger due to a lack of rain and explosion of vegetation.
Fires directly on the ground are prohibited as part of “Stage 1” which starts today, September 27. The only exception is if the fire is in a prepared fire ring that consists of steel, stone, brick or concrete with a gravel or masonry base.
"Stage 2" of the restrictions will start at 8am on Monday. Campers will only be able to use an elevated (at least 1 foot above the ground) fireplace, charcoal grill, or stove that uses electricity or a liquid or gas fuel.
Read the NJHerald.com story here.