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April 19, 2008; 3:43PM: There is a forest fire on or near West Bay Avenue, west of Heritage Point. I was told that the fire jumped the street, but that is unconfirmed. If anyone has details, please EMAIL or PHONE me at 609-698-2501 so I can post them here. I will be posting the photos I was able to take before being told to turn back by the Barngat Police. They have closed West Bay Ave. WEST of Nautilus Drive, and traffic is already building.

4:15PM: A walk to West Bay Ave showed the roadway still closed beyond Nautilus Drive, but traffic is light. From my rear yard, smoke seems to have diminished somewhat. I hear choppers and planes in the area.

4:56PM: All is quiet. Hopefully the fire was brought under control quickly - thanks to the many fire departments that responded! I saw trucks from Ship Bottom (Long Beach Island), Tuckerton and Warren Grove. Many more drove by but I couldn't get the localities they were from. This potentially explosive fire seems to have been stopped in its infancy because of the fast response time of these volunteers!

Once again, thank you to the volunteer firefighters!

5:40PM: I just drove up West Bay Ave. to the Heritage Point area. Police are now allowing local traffic pass, but the road is still blocked where the fire apparently jumped the road, about a quarter mile beyond Heritage Point. There was NO SIGN OF SMOKE, so hopefully, this will be my last post on this fire!


Forest fire in the NJ Pine Barrens April 19, 2008: This photo was taken at the intersection of Mirage Blvd. and West Bay Ave. in Barnegat, with smoke in the distance. Click for larger image Forest fire of April 19, 2008, looking west from just west of Heritage Point, and about a mile west of Mirage Blvd..  Click for larger image.
Going Home...This truck from Little Egg Harbor Twp. is returning to the staging area at Brackman School before returning home.




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