New Jersey

Forest Fire Burns Through New Jersey Nature Preserve

Fire crews battled a fire in a New Jersey forest Wednesday, as flames and smoke from the blaze shot overhead and embers burned along a branch-strewn hillside.

Photos posted online by Fire & EMS Alerts of Hunterdon County show the fire burning bright amid trees and hills Wednesday night in Lebanon Township.

The fire could be smelled as far east as New York City as wind pushed up from the southwest.

Fire fighters had contained the blaze by 1 a.m. Thursday, but not before it scorched about 65 acres of a nature preserve near Rocky Run Road.

"Fire has been contained to the area between Boydens Attic and the quarry above the tracks to the top of the mountain, all local units released," Fire & EMS Alerts of Hunterdon County posted online. 

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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