UPDATE 4/14/23 – Since publishing, firefighters have managed to contain 75% of the fire. All roads to re-open soon.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, NJ— Tuesday evening, a fire, now referred to as Jimmy’s Waterhole, broke out in Manchester Twp., NJ. The fire, which set ablaze around 50 miles east of Philadelphia, grew to over 3,800 acres and was an estimated 50 percent contained by Wednesday morning.
Wednesday’s weather conditions are not the most favorable for firefighters attempting to control the blaze. The slightly breezy and dry air has a tendency to exacerbate wild fires rather than control it. Still, firefighters’ quick response has allowed for the fire to be controlled quickly—and there is an increase in containment with every hour. Residents in over one hundred buildings in Manchester and nearby Lakehurst were ordered to evacuate by the state early on Wednesday but were soon after permitted to return home.
The wild fire has burned a mix of federal, state and private property within the forest. This comes just ten days after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection released a statement warning New Jerseyans of the start of the NJ forest fire season.
Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette stated: ““The continuing impacts of climate change mean our state is experiencing more severe weather conditions, storms, wind and drought that can result in a longer wildfire season, which is why it is more important than ever that the public exercise caution and take steps to help protect their homes and property.” LaTourette also warns of carbon emissions that come as a byproduct of forest fires in the statement.
Almost the entirety of forest fires in New Jersey are caused by humans. Whether it is a mismanaged bonfire or a cooking accident, it is crucial always to practice proper fire safety. Still, around 7,000 acres of New Jersey forest are destroyed each year due to forest fires.
The heart of the NJ forest fire season is here and it is important to stay educated and informed about preventative actions and methods moving forward.
WILDFIRE UPDATE: Manchester Township – Jimmy’s Waterhole Fire
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has made substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Manchester Township on federal, state and private property which has reached 3,859 acres in size and is 50% contained. pic.twitter.com/zr2Q1C7m2f
— New Jersey Forest Fire Service (@njdepforestfire) April 12, 2023
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