New Jersey crews busy catching fires

A 350-acre fire in Browns Mills, New Jersey is about 20 percent contained as of late Friday night, and crews are working to contain it. 6ABC-News reported that the fire’s burning in Burlington County, and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said the fire is near City Line Road in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.

New Jersey fire map, June 2023
New Jersey fire map, June 2023

Roads in the state forest are closed, and two structures were threatened; people were asked to avoid the area.

New Jersey current fire danger map
New Jersey current fire danger map

News12 New Jersey reported that crews are expected to be out through the weekend fighting the fire. It started Friday afternoon near City Line Road.

Crews were working on several spot fires and said the fire was moving fast and the wind made it hard to control.

This is the 10th major wildfire in New Jersey this year, and officials say they are hopeful this one will be fully contained by the end of the weekend.

Weary firefighters responded to two new wildfires in Burlington County late Friday morning, according to a report by New Jersey 101.5 News, and the state Forest Fire Service reported that crews were working on shoring up containment lines and planning a backfiring operation to burn fuels ahead of the main fire. The operation is expected to last much of the night.

2019 fire in New Jersey

A second fire along Route 37 eastbound in Manchester near the Pine Acres Manor Mobile Park was burning across from Leisure Village West Pine Lake Park. Manchester Police Capt. James Komsa said about 5:30 p.m. that this fire had been contained and no evacuations were needed.

This is  the third large wildfire in Burlington County in the past two weeks in what has been a very active wildfire season in New Jersey.

Just a week ago the Flatiron Fire burned 82 acres; the Allen Road Fire in the Bass River State Forest burned around 5,000 acres the week before, and the Glory Fire burned 82 acres on Tuesday and Wednesday. Conditions remain dry — and conducive to rapid spread of fires — and an average of 1,500 wildfires burn about 7,000 acres of New Jersey’s forests each year.

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5 thoughts on “New Jersey crews busy catching fires”

  1. >>> the grass is turning brown, we do not have brown grass in the summer,

    Are you saying that you are noticing a difference in the weather fire-wise ?

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  2. Here in the central part of VA, Shenandoah Valley in particular we are extremely dry, as in parched, the grass is turning brown, we do not have brown grass in the summer, the farmers and kitchen vegetable gardens are having to be irrigated. Of particular concern the woods are very dry, we have the potential for wildfires, all that is needed is an ignition source. We have seen very intense summer wildfires under similar conditions.
    Kelly here is a link that you may find useful, not much chatter concerning our conditions, who knows resources could be coming to Old Virginnia in the near future…..just need some dry lightning….https://www.drought.gov/location/24401%2C%20Staunton%2C%20Virginia

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    1. Wow, I didn’t realize that area had had such terrible condiditions back in 2002.

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  3. Nice to see students learning prescribed fire methods. There needs to be more of that – a lot more. “Know when to fight it, know when to light it.”

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