IN THE PINES 4 /19/08
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.
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!