SAYREVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters late Friday were battling a large brush fire in Sayreville, New Jersey.

The fire was raging near Beth Anne Way in Sayreville, officials said. Windy conditions were fanning the flames late Friday afternoon.

READ MORE: COVID-19 Update: Researchers Say Omicron Variant Could Quickly Outpace Delta Variant In Cases Across The U.S.

Firefighters were in the process late Friday of clearing away brush to light a counter-fire in order to contain the flames.

READ MORE: Abortion Rights Advocates In Lower Manhattan Voice Concerns Over Roe V. Wade Future

The New Jersey Forest Fire service said about five acres had burned as of the late afternoon hours. At one point, half a dozen homes had been threatened, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze and protect them.

A total of 65 firefighters from surrounding municipalities responded.

MORE NEWS: Mount Sinai Nurses Say Hospitals Are Facing Understaffing Crisis: 'Morale Is At An All-Time Low'

There was no word late Friday on how the fire started.