Fire in New Jersey Pine Barrens forces evacuation of 250 people

by Reuters
Friday, 25 April 2014 15:11 GMT

(Corrects spelling of spokesman's name throughout, Hajna instead of Hijna)

April 24 (Reuters) - A wind-whipped brushfire in New Jersey's scenic Pine Barrens in Ocean County threatened roughly 50 homes on Thursday, forcing the evacuation of 250 people, the New Jersey Fire Service said.

Firefighters hauling hoses aimed a steady stream of water at the flames consuming dry growth in a forested area adjacent to a residential section near Berkeley Township, New Jersey.

Thick smoke hung over the trees and obscured visibility in the neighborhood where firefighters earlier in the day had urged residents to turn on their lawn sprinklers because of dry conditions.

Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Fire Service, said the fire had scorched more than 200 acres but that the threat to homes was diminishing.

"The advancing part, they've been able to put out," Hajna said.

The blaze was one of two forest fires burning in New Jersey. A second fire in Cumberland County has burned approximately 1,500 acres.

"It's very dry, windy. There's a lot of leaves, twigs and brush on the ground. That stuff acts as tinder and catches fire very easily," Hajna said. (Reporting by Dan Kelley in Philadelphia; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Cynthia Osterman and Ian Simpson)

Latest News
Comments Close
Fire in New Jersey Pine Barrens forces evacuation of 250 people

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For more information see our Acceptable Use Policy.

comments powered by Disqus