Forest Fires Rage in New Jersey

By: 23 Storm Team/CBS
By: 23 Storm Team/CBS

A New Jersey forest fire continued to grow Wednesday (10/22), engulfing 1,200 acres since the blaze began on Tuesday (10/21).

While firefighters are making progress containing it, they do face the problem of increasing wind gusts that are fanning the flames across the southern part of the state.

According to head of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Maris Gabliks, four homes could be in danger. Residents of two other homes were evacuated when the fire left them without electricity.

150 firefighters used pumper trucks, helicopters and a firefighting plane to battle the blaze. Aerial video revealed helicopters making drops of water onto the remaining flames below.

So far, two injuries have been reported. One officer was hit by a car while directing traffic and declined medical attention. A firefighter has been released from the hospital after experiencing chest pains at the site.

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