The fire, fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds, has already consumed more than 12,000 acres, almost 19 square miles, along the border of Ocean and Burlington counties. Several highways were closed and as many as 2,000 homes in Stafford and Barnegat townships, including several retirement communities, had been evacuated.
Typical high quality journalism from the CP... either their news is really old or the reporter confused the 2,500 homes which were evacuated with the acreage which has burned. Another reason I don't read that paper...
Here's a better update: http://blog.nj.com/ledgerupdates/fire/Meanwhile, fire officials are keeping an anxious eye on today's weather and its impact on the fire that's already consumed more than 2,500 acres
WHAT: A massive wildfire has consumed about 13,500 acres, almost 20 square miles, of brush and pine forest in southern New Jersey.
WHERE: Fire is burning along the border of Burlington and Ocean counties about 25 miles north of Atlantic City.
WHEN: The fire started about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday on the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, a 9,400-acre expanse of sand and scrub pine used for aerial bombing practice by Air National Guard units.
HOW: The New Jersey Air National Guard said a flare dropped from one its F-16s may have started the blaze.
PEOPLE: No deaths or injuries have been attributed to the fire, but it has forced the evacuation of about 2,500 homes, destroyed three homes, and damaged about 15 others. Nearly 700 people remained in shelters Wednesday.
Despite whatever problems the base may create, like setting the woods on fire or shooting up my daughter's school, they have some interesting things going on there enviromental-wise.
Were the personnel not aware of the high fire danger in effect,do they not coordinate with the fire service,maybe a fire alert sign needs to be put there,as guy is stating,and as i stated earlier in this post,flares at this time of the year should be a no go.Hopefully the rains will help the brave men and women fighting the fire put it out sooner than anticipated.Beside the blunders,nothing but kudos for our top guns.The problem is that they just keep having blunders. They are going to have to learn that flares this time of the year just do not work. What does it take for them to see that? I am afraid that if they keep having these blunders there will be even more pressure for them to stop... which would be a crime. I hope nobody gets hurt or they may have some serious problems.