NEW JERSEY | March 14, 2021 2210 hours PDT
The State of New Jersey was hit by two separate large wildfires, with one being in Lakewood and the other.
Incident Cooperators include the Lakewood Fire Department NJ OEM, Seaside Park Station 45 VFC
A very large wildfire ignited off of Airport Road and Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood, New Jersey on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
Firefighters from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Forest Fire Service responded to the fire bringing large amounts of personnel and equipment. Additionally, Seaside Park Station 45 Volunteer Fire Company also responded as mutual aid.
Initial reports around 1830 hours EDT, the fire had burned more than 160 acres. At 2330 hours EDT, acreage had increased to 170 total acres burned.
Crews will remain throughout the night with continued fire suppression, patrol, and mop-up operations. Some resources may be released as containment increases.
Two mixed-use professional/commercial structures were damaged but later stated by Fire Officials they have been destroyed. Some outdoor structures, such as sheds were damaged.
The fire began to impact area communities in the Lakewood and Brick Townships. Some evacuations were in progress at 1900 hours EDT were allowed to return later in the night.
Fire Investigators have determined the origin and are still investigating the cause. Some are speculating on Social Media that it was due to an escaped prescribed burn, which Investigators have confirmed is not the case.
A report of a firefighter having a cardiac emergency while responding to the fire is said by Fire Officials as being transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
Please remember, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service has declared a HIGH fire danger for the ENTIRE state. These “Stage 3 Fire Restrictions include:All fires in wooded areas will be prohibited unless contained in an elevated stove using only propane, natural gas, gas, or electricity.No charcoal fires are allowed. Current New Jersey Fire Danger: https://www.nj.gov/…/infot…/conditions-restrictions.html
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