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Fires Break Out Across New Jersey As Warnings Continue

More than two dozen brush fires reported over past three days as "red flag" warning remains in place

Dry and windy New Jersey has been scorched by dozens of brush fires since Friday, and weather officials say the state remains at risk into this week.

The warm and dry start to spring has set the perfect conditions for fires across the state, Acting State Fire Warden Michael Drake told NJ.com.

Breaking News Network, which monitors scanners and sends news flashes to its subscribers, reported 18 brush fires between Saturday and Sunday. A 1,000 acre brush fire was burning Monday morning in Burlington County.

Three fires on Friday burned more than 400 acres in Camden County, and Drake told NJ.com that seven smaller fires had broken out by Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service implemented a fire warning on Wednesday, and it remains in effect in all of New Jersey and Delaware, as well as large portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. The warnings extend as far south as Southern Virginia and north into New Hampshire.

The "red flag" warning remains in place until 8 p.m. Monday, as low humidity and wind gusts of up to 40 mph are expected.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said in a release that in the state are caused by humans. It said that "wildfire risks increase with every new structure built in or adjacent to forests."

The number of wildfires had already been 25 percent ahead of the 2011 pace before the spate of fires this past weekend, with 359 fires burning 286 acres of land.

A fire was , a day after small brush fires in Teaneck. occured in Mahwah over the weekend and sparked up on Monday.

There were wildfires over the weekend in Somerset, Ocean, Monmouth, Bergen, Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Cape May counties.

Ricky April 09, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Instead of waiting anymore, water companies should now begin restrictions on outdoor water use even though reservoir levels are considered normal. To wait until the situation gets worse during the hot dry summer months makes no sense.
Denise April 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I don't see the correlation between restrictions on outdoor water use and the fires. Most of them are in pine barrens in Burlington & Camden counties. as for the brush fire in Teaneck near Rt 4, it was probably caused by some moron who threw a lit cigarette out the car window.....
Ricky April 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I better clarify my post since it went off topic about these very dry conditions that cause these fires to break out. Unlike last year when we had a ton of melted snowfall (with none this year) and then a pattern of very heavy rains, we're now well below average in rainfall and that could be a big problem as we enter the hot dry summer months.
Stuart Pace April 25, 2012 at 05:06 AM
Jimmy. are you the Jimmy Lutz from Hawthorne who dated a redheaded sister of mine?

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