The fire, which was reported at 1:30 p.m., started in Lakewood Township and spread to Garden State Parkway due to wind conditions, a spokeswoman for the Service said at a news conference Sunday. of New Jersey Forest Fires, Maris Gabliks.
Currently, the fire contains 50% and still threatens various residential, commercial and business structures, Gabliks told reporters.
“We have extremely strong winds with little moisture that help the fire grow, but also hinder the ability of firefighters to contain and control the fire,” Gabliks told reporters. “No houses were lost at this time, but there are houses that have been damaged.”
Several hundred people have been evacuated from the affected areas and there are currently several road closures, but no one has been injured at the moment, Gabliks said. An injured firefighter was reported, but Gabliks said they had no further information.
Several commercial buildings and outbuildings were damaged, but officials are not sure of the exact number at this time, he said.
“During the initial operations there were two commercial structures, one and a half storey office buildings, which were exposed by fire: we have a total loss of one commercial structure and a partial loss of another,” he said. Lakewood Fire Department fire chief Jonathan Yahr said at the press conference.
Firefighters are expected to remain in the area fighting the flames overnight to contain the fire completely.
The warning and wind warning remain in effect until 5pm and midnight on Monday, respectively.
Officials are not sure how the fire started, but it is being investigated, Gabliks said.
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