Manchester Police Provide 10 pm Update on Wildfire

WILDFIRE UPDATE: Manchester Township – Jimmy’s Waterhole Fire

MANCHESTER: The New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Fire Department is in unified command battling a wildfire in Manchester Township on federal, state and private property on along Route 539 and Horicon Ave. The fire has reached 500 acres in size and is 10% contained.

Forest Fire Service crews have begun a backfiring operation to aide in containment.

Route 539 is closed between Route 70 and Long Swamp Road. Horicon Ave is closed at Route 70.

25 structures are threatened. Structure protection is being provided by local volunteer fire departments from Ocean County.

Please remember, “No Drones in Fire Zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!” More info:

Stay tuned to this page for updates.

Helpful Wildfire Terminology
🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.
🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.
🔥 Backfire – A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.
🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.
🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.


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