Many New York residents woke up to the smell of smoke this morning due to a brush fire that consumed part of a forest in central New Jersey. The blaze burned down 30 acres of the Wharton State Forest, a large preserve northwest of Atlantic City, and has since been partially contained. New York City’s Office of Emergency Management tweeted this morning that smoke from the fire could be detected as far away as Staten Island and Brooklyn.
Fire crews got their first call about the brush fire on Sunday afternoon and fought the blaze throughout the night using airplanes to drop water. However, most of the battle was spent containing the blaze. According to a recent NY Times new brief, the fire spread through 1,500 acres of woodland and was 50 percent contained by Monday morning.
The brush fire sent a column of smoke into the sky that could be seen for miles on Sunday morning. NBC News meteorologists theorized winds carried the smoke across the state and to New York before dying out overnight to leave the odor over the city. Experts said the odor could stick around for the next eight to 12 hours.
Luckily, there were no injuries and the fire did not threaten any nearby buildings. The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.
via NBC News