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    New Jersey Forest Fire Service battling blaze in Jackson Township, Ocean County

    JACKSON TWP., New Jersey (WPVI) — Crews with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service are working to contain a wildfire that’s burning in Ocean County, New Jersey.

    The blaze broke out on Tuesday afternoon in the area of East Commodore Boulevard and Cedar Swamp Road in Jackson Township.

    The wildfire has reached 30 acres in size and is 0% contained.

    Chopper 6 was overhead as smoke billowed from a wooded area of the township.

    No injuries have been reported.

    East Commodore Boulevard, Cedar Swamp Road and Jackson Mills Road are all closed due to the fire.

    According to officials, 30 structures are being threatened at this time, but there are no mandatory evacuations in place.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of the Garden State and Pennsylvania.

    The warning, which expires at 8 p.m. Tuesday, means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly due to a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels.

    There are also Stage 2 and Stage 3 fire restrictions in place statewide until further notice:


    NORTHERN NJ – Stage 3 Fire Restrictions

    COUNTIES: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, Hopewell Township in Mercer County, Union, Hunterdon, Middlesex (north of Raritan River)

    CENTRAL NJ – Stage 3 Fire Restrictions

    COUNTIES: Burlington, Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex (south of the Raritan River), Mercer County except Hopewell Township

    SOUTHERN NJ – Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

    COUNTIES: Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

    Stage 3 Fire Restrictions:

    -All fires in wooded areas are prohibited unless contained in an elevated stove using only propane, natural gas, gas, or electricity.

    -No charcoal fires are allowed.

    Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:

    -All fires in wooded areas will be prohibited unless in an elevated prepared fireplace, elevated charcoal grill or stove using electricity or a liquid or gas fuel.

    -An elevated prepared fireplace must meet the following criteria: constructed of steel, stone, brick or concrete, elevated at least one foot above the ground and surrounded by a mineral soil radius no less than ten feet.


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