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.
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.
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.