New Jersey Forest Fires Contained

No buildings damaged in either fire

 

A firefighter sprays water on a section of woods in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., on Monday, May 17, 2021 at the periphery of a forest fire that had burned several hundred acres since breaking out a day earlier. Firefighters were making progress against the blaze on its second day. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

 

PEMBERTON, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters have fully contained both forest fires that have been burning in the New Jersey Pinelands in recent days, and state officials have imposed restrictions on outdoor fire usage in wooded areas during a high-risk period.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Tuesday night it had fully contained a 407-acre fire in the Brendan Byrne State Forest in Pemberton. That followed the successful containment of a 617-acre fire in Little Egg Harbor.

No injuries or damage to buildings were reported in either blaze.

The state on Wednesday imposed restrictions on outdoor fire use in wooded areas, including prohibiting fires unless they are contained in an elevated stove using only propane, natural gas, gas, or electricity.

Charcoal fires are banned, as is agricultural burning.

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