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New Jersey Forest Fire Service

Fire Safety

Every year, Forest Fire Service firefighters and equipment respond to over 1,600 wildfires. These wildfires damage forests and other natural resources, as well as threaten people's lives and improved property. Statistics show that 99% of all wildfires in New Jersey are caused by people, either accidentally or intentionally.

Since arson continues to be the leading cause of wildfires in New Jersey, please report any suspicious activities to your local Forest Firewarden or local police.To report a wildfire, call 911 or contact your local Forest Firewarden.


To learn more about what you can do to be fire wise visit:


Information for Local Firefighters:

Grant Opportunities:

  • Federal Excess Personal Property (FEPP)
    The FEPP Program refers to the United States Forest Service owned property that is loaned to State Foresters through a cooperative agreement for the purpose of wildland and rural firefighting.
  • Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA)
    The VFA is a United States Forest Service Grant Program administered by all 50 State Forest Fire Protection Agencies to provide funding to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities.

  • Community Wildfire Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program
    This NJ Forest Fire Service grant program delivers National Fire Plan funding directly to organizations on a local level.

Applications for these grants are available for you to download as a pdf file, simply click on the applications above. To view these applications, you either need PDF viewer enabled in your Internet application or Acrobat Reader on your computer. Most people have a copy of Reader somewhere on their computer but you may download the newest version FREE at the Adobe site.



Causes of New Jersey's
Forest Fires

Arson 40%
Children 17%
Miscellaneous 14%
Smoking 9%
Campfires 6%
Equipment Use 6%
Debris Burning 4%
Railroads 3%
Lightning 1%

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