OCEAN COUNTY – A small airplane crashed in the woods setting off a wildfire that is now burning forest between Lacey and Berkeley Townships, according to a number of multiple published reports.
The Lakewood Scoop was the first media outlet in the area to report the plane going down in the woods between 1:30 and 2 a.m. on September 3.
The National Transportation Safety Board said that the plane, a Cirrus SR20, had taken off from Monmouth Executive Airport in Farmingdale about 30 miles north of the crash site.
Some news outlets reported that the pilot died, although the authorities have not confirmed that information.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service did confirm that they were working a wildfire in the area of the airpark with portions of Dover and Mule Roads closed.
Smoke was seen billowing from the forest and some residents in the area were on social media talking about the smoke.
This is a developing story and we will update you with new information as we get it.