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Fire in Pine Barrens Causing Smoke Smell in Brick

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Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)
Police Lights (Photo: Jason Rojas/Flickr)

Brick residents have reported smelling smoke Tuesday from a brush fire that continues to burn in the pine barrens near the border of Ocean and Burlington counties.

The fire, southwest of Route 539 near where Routes 70 and 72 meet, caused heavy smoke conditions in southern Ocean County Tuesday morning but northeast winds carried just the smell toward Brick.

“Due to the dry conditions and no wind, expect a strong smell of smoke through today,” the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

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The fire is contained, the Sheriff’s Department said, but motorists should exercise caution while driving on the western portion of Route 70 in the county, as well as on Routes 539 and the western reaches of Route 72. Anyone who sees flames should dial 911.


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  • JW

    I was wondering last night if somebody was having a bonfire or something. Now I know.

    • Frank Rizzo

      I would ask how could you not figure that out the amount of smoke and smell were not a major incident like this…but I know who’s i’ms dealing with.

      • JW

        No, most people don’t smell smoke and immediately assume there’s a forest fire 40 miles away. They look around to figure out a more local source. Unless they’re you, in which case they call everyone an idiot and probably blame black and Mexican welfare queens.

      • Frank Rizzo

        There are survivors in our society and lambs….survivors can figure out there is a massive fire due to the amount of smoke and smell it gives off and because they look outside and do not see a glow they know it is far away. I guess you sir fit the lamb category.

      • JW

        Yeah Frank, I’m sure you just poked your head out the door and said ‘Hmm, smoke: must be a forest fire in Pemberton’. You are truly a spectacular cross breed of narcissist and bullshitter.

      • ThereRnoFiscalConservatives

        Don’t flatter yourself. You’re not that smart. You didn’t know either.

      • Frank Rizzo

        So…you know everything….including what I know and what I don’t…thank you Jesus for mircaling your two rear ends here to save the rest of us.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    One small mistake in the article. Winds were South West, not North East. North East wind would have carried the smoke away from Brick.