Wildfire forced evacuations near Hammonton, New Jersey

(UPDATED at 8:25 a.m. EDT, May 8, 2015)

Radio transmissions from firefighters on the wildfire seven miles northeast of Hammonton, New Jersey early Friday morning indicate that the firelines are holding, preventing additional spread of the fire. At 5 a.m. there was a heavy fog in the area, which will act like a wet blanket on the fire.


(UPDATED at 10:30 p.m. EDT, May 7, 2015)

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The fire near Hammonton, New Jersey as seen from the cockpit of Air Tanker Charlie 1.

These two photos of the fire seven miles northeast of Hammonton, New Jersey were sent to us by Curt Nixholm, of Downstown Aero. They were shot at about 3:50 p.m. on May 7 from the cockpit of Charlie 1, their Air Tractor 602 air tanker on contract to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

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The fire near Hammonton, New Jersey as seen from the cockpit of Air Tanker Charlie 1.

There is a report from New Jersey 101.5, at 9:50 p.m., that the fire has been contained.


(Originally published at 5:45 p.m. EDT, May 7, 2015)

A large wildfire seven miles northeast of Hammonton, New Jersey forced evacuations at 2 p.m. EDT in the southern part of the state east of Route 206 between Stokes and Atsion Roads. The State Police closed Route 206 for several hours but expected to open it again around 6 p.m. EDT. The evacuations were lifted at about 5:15 p.m. EDT when extensive burnout operations stopped the spread on one side of the 710-acre fire.

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Firefighters conduct burnout operations along roads to stop the spread of a fire northeast of Hammonton, New Jersey, May 7, 2015. Photo from Myfoxphilly.

The photo above clearly shows a burnout as a straight line following roads.

Hammonton fire map
The red square shows the approximate location of heat detected by a satellite at 3:27 p.m. EDT. The wildfire is on the east side of Route 206, 7 miles northeast of Hammonton, and 26 miles southeast of Philadelphia.

International researchers study fire in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens

In 2014, with assistance from the New Jersey State Forestry Services, U.S. Forest Service and international researchers from the United Kingdom and Russia teamed up to collect data on a prescribed fire in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The fire’s embers, or commonly known as fire brands, were one important aspect of the study.

Wildfire briefing, April 24, 2014

Fire in New Jersey

A vegetation fire in New Jersey has burned about 1,500 acres in the Edward G. Bevan Fish and Wildlife Management Area. At least one single engine air tanker and a helicopter have been assisting the firefighters on the ground. 

The Random Ramblings blog has some photos that were taken from an air tanker operated by Downstown Aero. Other photos can be found at ABClocal.

Homes at risk in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs has released a map showing the areas in the city that are most at risk from wildland fire. A homeowner can use the map to zoom in to see their individual parcel, rated anywhere from low risk to extreme risk.

More cities should provide maps like this.

Wildfire risk, Colorado Springs

In the last two years wildfires in Colorado Springs have killed four residents and burned 833 homes.

One person killed in wildfire in Nepal

One person was killed and 42 homes burned in a wildfire near Illam, Nepal.

From ekantipur.com:

ILLAM, APR 23 – A person died on the spot while two others were injured seriously when a huge stone fell on them from a cliff above as they were extinguishing forest fire in Bhanjo-1 of the district.

In the incident that took place on Wednesday morning, Ram Kumar Rai, 55, of Banjho-1 was killed while Ranjit Rai, 23 and Bhadra Maya Rai, 50 were injured, according to the Area Police Office, Mangalbare.

Meanwhile, fire engulfed 42 houses at Inaruwa VDC of Saptari district this morning. The fire that broke out from a cowshed of Dhaneshwro Mandal spread to 42 houses belonging to 22 households.

Brush fire near Edison, New Jersey

On Thursday a brush fire near Edison, New Jersey threatened hotels, day care centers, and shipping facilities for UPS and FEDEX before it was contained. One report from NBCNEWYORK said about 250 acres of mostly wetlands burned.

The video above has some good aerial shots, but don’t bother adjusting your audio, since there is none.

Video of smoke explosion at structure fire in New Jersey

Smoke Explosion, New Jersey

There was a smoke explosion at a structure fire Sunday afternoon in Harrison, New Jersey. According to FirefighterCloseCalls, there were injuries but all are reported to be stable. The image above is a screen grab from the very impressive video below.

11 IMTeams and 41 crews assisting in hurricane recovery

Hurricane Sandy IMT locations, November 5, 2012

The Eastern Area Coordination Center reports that 1,125 people are assigned to incidents in the Eastern Geographic Area, however some of those may be working on incidents unrelated to Hurricane Sandy. But this number does include 11 incident management teams and 41 crews of firefighters that are assigned to hurricane recovery.

Three NIMO Incident Management Teams are assigned:Resources assigned in Eastern Area, November 6, 2012

  • Quesinberry: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
  • Kleinman: Is supporting development and management of staging areas in New York City.
  • Hahnenberg: Is assigned to the Office of Emergency Management in Brooklyn, NY.

Two Type 1 Incident Management Teams are assigned:

  • Wilder: Is managing road clearing operations throughout West Virginia.
  • Opliger: Is managing a staging area at Fort Dix, NJ.

Six Type 2 Incident Management Teams are assigned:

  • Pisarek: Is managing a mobilization, and receiving and distribution centers in Farmingdale, NY.
  • Dueitt: Is assisting FEMA operations in the New York City area.
  • Kollmeyer: Is assigned to provide support to Nassau County, NY.
  • Graham: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
  • West: Is assigned to Charleston, WV.
  • Fry: Is overseeing road clearing operations in New Jersey

Below is an interesting photo that the New York City Fire Department posted on their Facebook page showing most of the southern part of Manhattan blacked out due to the hurricane.

NYC partially blacked out