Thursday, March 31, 2016

Recent wildfire activity in NJ - March 29th to 31st

I'd like to thank my friends at the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page who reported on four recent wildfires in New Jersey, they also report on wildfire activity on the Section B10 twitter page. This may not be an all inclusive list, but it does provide an indication that spring fire season is upon us here in New Jersey. Information on the last update is from the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page and is current as I write this. Depending on when you access this page, the information you find on the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page may be different.

March 29th: Scotch Plains, Union County NJ. Watchung Mountain Reservation, NJFFS Division A, Section A7, last reported size was five acres. Under control. Last updated on March 31st at 12:15 PM

March 30th
Port Republic, Garden State Parkway near exit 48 and 50 in Ocean County NJ, 50 acre marsh fire reported on March 30th in NJFFS Division C (Section C7). Air tankers Charlie 1 and Bravo 1 and Delta 7 (Huey with a bucket) worked the fire. There was a partial closure of the Garden State Parkway which has since reopened. IC reports 50 acres contained. Youtube video from Garden State Parkway, Report with video and photos from the Press of Atlantic City, and more photos from1stRespondernews. Last updated on March 30th at 2:59 PM

Mt Kipp Wildfire., Lebanon Twshp, Hunterdon County NJ, off of Rte 31. A large woods fire was reported on March 30th where structure protection was in place early on. The fire was reported to be contained at 61 acres. Last updated on March 31st at 12:15 PM. Article with photos and videofrom

March 31st 
Tinton Falls, Shafto Road, near the Garden State Parkway, Division B, Section B8. This was according to the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page, "an aggressive, wind drive fire. Air tanker Bravo 1 knocked most of the head down with 5 excellent drops. No structures were threatened. Plow lines were made then firing off the line. U/C at 3 acres." Updated at 12:29 on March 31st.

Diamond Rd., near Cedar Swamp Rd in Jackson Twsp, Ocean County NJ. 10 acre fire reported earlier this afternoon is now contained. Bravo 1 made a drop and helped trucks get to the fire.  Updated at 6:50 PM on March 31st.

Revised on March 31 at 8:50 PM.

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