BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J.(CBSNewYork/AP) — Several forest fires in Ocean County scorched more than 300 acres Thursday, threatened homes and businesses and forced a school to close early.
Fire crews from dozens of companies spent the day and night battling as many as five wildfires, CBS 2 reported.
The biggest blaze, which started just before noon in Beachwood and Berkeley Township, was completely contained by 10:30 p.m., WCBS 880 reported. Another fire, at Dover and Pinewald-Keswick roads was 50 percent contained, according to WCBS 880.
The fires were expected to burn into the morning.
“It’s going to be a nervous night,” said resident Patrick Mazarro. “There’s definitely not going to be anything confident about this.”