Ocean County wildfire 100% contained, 3,900 acres burned

Thursday, April 13, 2023
Ocean County wildfire 75% contained, 3,900 acres burned
Officials say that although roads have reopened and no structures are threatened by flames, residents should expect smoke and ash to fall in the air. Crystal Cranmore reports.

MANCHESTER TWP., New Jersey (WABC) -- Crews have contained 100% of the 3,900-acre wildfire burning through Manchester Township, Ocean County.

Manchester Township officials said that the Forest Fire Service staff would remain on the scene "to continue improving containment lines and monitor the area to ensure public safety."

Smoke conditions could remain for several hours. Fortunately, no one was injured.

On Wednesday afternoon, another brush fire broke out near a highway in West Milford, New Jersey. The fire has reached 140 acres in size and is 0% contained, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

WATCH: Officials give the latest details on the wildfire

One official from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, Trevor Raynor, recalls seeing the dramatic flames upon arriving at the scene of the wildfire.

"We saw 200-foot flames," he said. John Cecil, Commissioner for State Parks says he saw a wall of fire.

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Fifteen reported fires occurred Tuesday across the state, but officials said these numbers may shift. April is peak fire season in New Jersey, however state officials confirmed they are seeing a slight increase from last year.

Chief of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Greg McLaughlin says, like all wildfires in New Jersey, this wildfire is being investigated.

"Keep in mind that 99 percent of wildfires are human-caused whether that be accidental or intentional," McLaughlin said.

In Teaneck, one firefighter was hurt while crews worked to put out a brushfire. Members of more than a dozen agencies battled the flames that broke out around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Janice Yu was in Teaneck Wednesday morning with details on both fires:

Mandatory evacuations were issued in Manchester as this massive wildfire continues to spread. Janice Yu reports.

The wind and dry conditions are making it easier for these fires to spread quickly.

Manchester Township officials said that open agricultural burning and campfires are currently restricted statewide.


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