Forest Fire That Raged Over 200 Acres in New Jersey Was Set Intentionally: Investigators

View Comments ()



    Investigators have determined that a forest fire that raged over 200 acres in southern New Jersey last week was intentionally set.

    Another slightly larger blaze in the same area earlier the same day has been ruled accidental, reports The Asbury Park Press.

    NJ Forest Fires Force Evacuations

    [NY] NJ Forest Fires Force Evacuations, School Closure
    Firefighters in New Jersey battled five forest fires Thursday in Ocean County, including one that forced hundreds of homes to be evacuated and another that has chewed through more than 500 acres. Brynn Gingras reports. (Published Friday, April 25, 2014)

    The fire authorities believe was intentionally started broke out shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday about five miles from where the larger blaze burned the same day.

    Authorities say the second fire was started on the side of an unpaved road with a flame and a pile of dry leaves and flammable debris.

    Chopper Video: NJ Fire

    [NY] CHOPPER VIDEO: Firefighters Battle Massive Brush Fire in New Jersey
    Firefighters are battling a fast-moving brush fire in New Jersey that has spread to at least 150 acres of land and has forced the evacuation of 40 homes and at least one school in Ocean County. (Published Thursday, April 24, 2014)

    The first fire started around 11:40 a.m. along a roadside in Beachwood and burned 307 acres. Authorities say improperly discarded smoking materials sparked it.

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytime