Forest / Wild Fire – North-America – USA

EDIS Number: WF-20120412-34863-USA
Date / time: 12/04/2012 03:14:33 [UTC]
Event: Forest / Wild Fire
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of New Jersey
Location: [Burlington County]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


Firefighters battled yet another forest fire in Burlington County, this one at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL). By the afternoon of April 10, officials said the fire was about 80 percent contained, and expected to be fully contained by the evening. About 300 acres of wooded area was burned, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage, officials said. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service, JBMDL Fire and Emergency Services and the New Egypt Fire Department are working to contain the blaze. The fire was first located on the base’s training ranges, officials said, and moved in an easterly direction where previous controlled burns had been conducted. Acting Forest Fire Service Chief Michael Drake warned that while there are forecasts of rain for the area today, the continued dry and windy weather is still making forested areas vulnerable to fire. "It is critical that the public exercise extreme caution when near wooded areas," he said. "Report any suspicious activity to your local police or to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service."

Two wildfires in Winslow Township last Friday are fully under control but are being investigated as suspicious in origin, officials said, as is a larger wildfire that burned 1,000 acres in Tabernacle and Woodland townships on Monday. That fire was expected to be fully contained as of Tuesday evening. According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the fire danger level is listed as extreme in Burlington, Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem, Monmouth and Ocean counties, as well as Middlesex County south of the Raritan River. In the rest of the state, the fire danger level is high, officials said. There are also Stage Three campfire restrictions in Burlington, Monmouth and Ocean counties, and Middlesex County south of the Raritan River. That means all fires in wooded areas are prohibited unless contained in an elevated stove using only propane, gas or electricity, officials said.

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