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Fire in Pine Barrens Causing Smoke Smell in Brick

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.