Lacey Brush Fire Now Under Control

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FORKED RIVER – A brush fire that broke out Thursday morning is now under control, a NJDEP spokeswoman has told Jersey Shore Online.

Caryn Shinske communicated via email that the brush fire that broke out on five-acres in Forked River Mountain around 10 a.m. April 19 was under control by 1:24 p.m. yesterday.

The fire was reported by a fire spotter at the Cedar Bridge Fire Tower. Four firetrucks, a bulldozer and 15 firefighters from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service were on the scene yesterday. The service’s aircraft also dropped water on the fire.

Shinske said no homes, structures or businesses were in any danger.

“There may be some interior smoldering going on within the containment area today; the fire has not been deemed fully extinguished at this point. The Forest Fire Service has a firetruck and two firefighters on scene today to monitor the area. The interior area of such a fire smolders until it burns itself out. Consequently, our personnel will check the fire daily until it is fully out, and to keep the fire’s perimeter secure,” Shinske wrote.

An investigation is underway as to what caused the fire.

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Ocean County native Jennifer Peacock is a community journalist and photographer. She’s written for weekly and daily newspapers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia for more than 20 years. Readers can contact her at jpeacock@jerseyshoreonline.com.