Orchard’s Plum Crop Near Total Loss After Police-Ordered Burn Ban, Owner Says

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The Lower Saucon Township Police Department plans to adopt a kinder, gentler approach toward a local farm’s use of fire to help prevent the buds on its stone fruit trees from freezing–but it’s already too late to save the orchard’s plum blossoms, which were severely damaged by frost Tuesday night after an officer responding to a call about a fire reportedly told the orchard’s owner he could not keep his fires lit.