A week of brush fires continues across New Jersey: Now in Jackson, Tinton Falls
Two more brush fires broke out Thursday New Jersey as conditions continue to be ideal for them to spread quickly.
Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy tweeted that a brush fire broke out around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon on Cedar Swamp Road (Route 527) near Route 195 in Jackson.
State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Haijna said a fire off Schafto Road in Tinton Falls was quickly contained on Thursday morning. All four fire companies in Tinton Falls and Forest Fire Service crews including a helicopter were containing the blaze after it consumed 5 acres of woods not far from Route 18 and the Garden State Parkway.
The Tinton Falls Office of Emergency Management said on their Facebook page the fire was started by a carelessly tossed cigarette.
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow said once rain begins to fall on Thursday night and Friday the threat of fires will lessen but gusty winds will pick up towards the end of the weekend.
Fire fighters also remained on scene at fires that started Wednesday to monitor for potential hot spots. An afternoon fire in Bass River burned over 80 acres of swamp and forest along the Garden State Parkway. A fire the erupted Wednesday night on Hipp Mountain in Glen Gardner burned 61 acres and was contained by early Thursday morning.
UPDATE: Tinton Falls brush fire. NJFFS doing water drops from aircraft.
Posted by Shore Area News Dispatch (S.A.N.D.) on Thursday, March 31, 2016
Tom Mongelli contributed to this report.