The Pole Farm and Reed Bryan sections of Mercer Meadows will be CLOSED beginning Friday, March 4 for a prescribed burn. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has determined that the weather conditions on Friday, March 4 will be safe and suitable for prescribed burning. Rosedale Park will remain open. For your safety, please observe all posted closure signs. Notice of the reopening of the park will be posted on the Park Commission website and social media.
The fire will be lit, monitored, and managed by the Forest Fire Service officials who have undergone rigorous training and are experienced in conducting safe and effective prescribed burns. All appropriate safety measures and precautions will be taken by those performing the burn, including having a contingency plan. While the burn is in progress and until the Section Warden has deemed the fire out, there will be law enforcement and fire personnel, equipment, and vehicles present at the Pole Farm and surrounding areas. Specific conditions must be met in order to burn, including temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed and direction.
Forest Fire Service officials and Mercer County Park Commission staff will be onsite and actively monitoring the burn site until it is determined the park is safe to reopen to the public. Local police and fire departments have been made aware of the activities.
In the days following the prescribed burn, it is normal to see smoldering and smoking logs and debris. If you believe fire is a threat, call 1-877-WARNDEP. Once reopened, park users are encouraged to please stay on the trails.
Mercer Meadows Burn Blocks