Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Small brush fire in Lakewood NJ on March 9

Thanks to my friends at the B10 NJ Wildland Fire Page for tipping me off to the NJFFS Helicopter (Delta 7) that worked a small brush fire in Lakewood, (Ocean County) NJ on March 9, 2017. I was busy doing other things last Thursday so did not notice until after the fact that Red Flag Warnings were up for portions of New Jersey on March 9th because of gusty winds. The fire burned an area of about one-quarter of a mile along with two cars. The fire started in or near a truck company's lot. My friend pointed me to nice video of Delta 7 working the fire. The videographer, FireEMS Films, has disabled embedding. This is a nice video and it only takes a little over a minute to watch the video.

Video NJFFS Helo (Delta 7) doing bucket work

Asbury Park Press article on the Lakewood Brushfire (March 9, 2017)
Asbury Park Press photos on the Lakewood Brushfire (March 9, 2017)

Edited on March 16, 2017 at 10:10 AM. I was just informed by a friend in the know, that there was no Red Flag Warning on March 9th. He told me that there were high winds and a low Relative Humidity. Apparently, the brush fire that started in a Trucking company parking lot jumped nearby railroad tracks into an adjacent wooded area. There was a swampy area and more parking lots near this wooded area which helped the firefighters stop this 13-acre brush fire.

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