Red Flag Warning Issued As NJ Fights Forest Fires

brush fire 1 vermontThe National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of New Jersey, meaning that the potential is high for forest fires. State Forest Fire Service Warden Michael Drake said crews were fighting several small fires around the state Wednesday and helping with a bigger one on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Base spokeswoman Angel Lopez says the fire is on a firing range on Fort Dix. She didn’t have information on its size.

Drake says the biggest of the other fires was about eight acres in Lakewood. He said it’s hard to put out because the weather is so dray that organic material in the soil is burning.

The red flag warning in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday includes all of New Jersey except the areas closest to Philadelphia and New York City. Ap

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