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  PERIODS OF RAIN...WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS  THIS AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S. SOUTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5  MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN NEAR 100 PERCENT.
TONIGHT
  CLOUDY. RAIN LIKELY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING...THEN A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN AND  DRIZZLE AFTER MIDNIGHT. PATCHY FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE  MID 40S. NORTHEAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 70 PERCENT.
MONDAY
  MOSTLY CLOUDY. RAIN LIKELY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN WITH A  SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. PATCHY FOG IN  THE MORNING. HIGHS AROUND 60. EAST WINDS AROUND 5 MPH...BECOMING  SOUTHWEST AROUND 5 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. CHANCE OF RAIN  60 PERCENT.
MONDAY NIGHT
  MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH PATCHY DRIZZLE. PATCHY FOG. A  CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WINDS  AROUND 5 MPH. CHANCE OF RAIN 40 PERCENT.
TUESDAY
  MOSTLY CLOUDY. RAIN LIKELY...MAINLY IN THE MORNING.

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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION URGES CAUTION DURING WILDFIRE SEASON

FIRE CONDITIONS CURRENTLY RATED AS HIGH DUE TO LACK OF RAINFALL

April 24, 2016 - (16/25) TRENTON – With spring wildfire season under way and most fires in the state historically the result of human activity, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service is urging the public to be extra cautious outdoors in order to reduce the risk of fires.

imageNinety-nine percent of wildfires are caused by people, through accidents, carelessness, negligence and even arson. Being extra vigilant to reduce that risk is especially critical at this time of year, when weather conditions and other factors can increase the risk of wildfires.

“Weather conditions at this time of year tend to be dry and windy, which increases the risk for wildfires,” said State Fire Warden Bill Edwards. “At the same time, dry conditions can cause leaf litter and other debris on forest floors to act as tinder for larger wildfires that can reach tree canopies, increasing risk to properties. Fire risks increase as new houses and other buildings are constructed in or next to forested areas.”

Most wildfires are preventable. Residents can follow these guidelines to reduce fire risk:

Use ashtrays in vehicles. Discarding cigarettes, matches and smoking materials on the ground is a violation of New Jersey law.
Obtain required permits for campfires. Don’t leave fires unattended. Douse them completely.
Keep matches and lighters away from children. Teach them about the dangers of fire.
People living in forested or wooded areas should maintain a defensible buffer by clearing vegetation within at least 30 feet of any structures. Also, make sure fire trucks can access driveways.
The Forest Fire Service strongly urges anyone who owns property in the Pinelands to maintain at least 100 feet of “defensible space” around structures, meaning these areas should be clear of vegetation that will burn easily as well as fallen leaves, pine needles, twigs and branches.
Report suspicious vehicles and individuals to authorities.
Be careful when using wood stoves and fireplaces, both of which can emit embers that can spark fires. Also, fully douse ashes with water before disposal.
Wildfire risk is currently rated as high statewide. The National Weather Service has posted a special advisory for elevated fire potential today as a result of an extremely dry air mass over the state, low relative humidity and dry forest conditions due to lack of precipitation.

Risks are likely to continue as a result of continued warm temperatures and dry conditions predicted for the week. As a result of these conditions, the Forest Fire Service has authorized additional staff to patrol and be ready to mobilize to respond to wildfires.

Stage 1 campfire restrictions are in place throughout the state, meaning fires directly on the ground are prohibited in all public and private camping areas. They must be in a prepared fire ring constructed of steel, stone, brick or concrete and must have a gravel or masonry base. Stage 1 restrictions are the first in a series of three levels of restrictions that can lead to a ban on all fires in wooded areas, including charcoal fires.

Agricultural open burning and use of smudge pots to prevent freeze damage also is no longer permitted and is not necessary due to warm nighttime temperatures.

Battling forest fires is a continuous effort. From January 1 through April 17, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service responded to 404 wildfires that burned nearly 1,118 acres, compared with 277 wildfires that burned nearly 420 acres during the same period last year.

The State Forest Fire Service works to prevent wildfires year-round through public outreach and education efforts, maintenance of fire breaks and prescribed burning. This year, the State Forest Fire Service burned 17,800 acres through prescribed burns, which reduce fire risks and keep forests healthy by burning away leaves, fallen branches and trees, and dense undergrowth that can provide fuel for wildfires.

In recent weeks, authorities have charged a man with arson in connection with a series of forest fires in Winslow Township over a two-year period, and two teenagers have been accused of setting a small brush fire in Newton after Forest Fire Service wardens told police they saw the youths setting the blaze.

The basic approach the Forest Fire Service uses to contain larger wildfires is to surround them with containment lines consisting of cleared breaks in the woods, existing roads, and topographical features such as wetlands and rivers. Firefighters light backfires ahead of the main fire to eliminate combustible fuels and stop the main fire’s forward progress. The fire in the containment area will be monitored until it burns itself out.

For more information about the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, wildfire safety, prevention, tips on protecting your home, and current conditions, visit: www.njwildfire.org

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Orange-glazed King Salmon
Orange-glazed King Salmon with Grilled Zucchini, Brown Rice, Ginger Thai Basil Beurre Blanc

Lobster with pasta
Lobster Fusilli Seafood Pasta with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Green Peas, Tomato Ragout, Onion, Garlic, Thai Basil
The Grande Cafe

Upscale fine dining located between the Morristown Green and Morris County Courthouse, the Grand Cafe, offers French and American specialties and a vast wine list in an elegant venue.  From delicious salads and appetizers, to mouth-watering entrees, to our decadent desserts, our chef offers and exciting variety so satisfy your cravings and tantalize your taste buds. 

Your hosts, Desmond and Alice Lloyd will ensure you complete satisfaction and our staff will make you feel at home.  Visit the Grand Cafe for a delicious lunch or dinner or reserve one of our private rooms for your special event.


The Grande Cafe
42 Washington Street
Morristown, NJ
(973) 540-9444
http://thegrandcafe.com/

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