16 Mar Lakewood Forest Fire: Homes Damaged in Brick, Parkway Shut Down
March 14, 2020
Approximate locations (according to media outlets) sustaining structural damage:
– Brick (Ocean County, 08723, 08724)
*Concentrated home damage reported in Brick Lake Park Community:
– Cedar Bridge Avenue
– Charles Drive
– Francis Road
– James Road
– Vincent Drive
– Wedgewood Drive
– Lakewood (Ocean County, 08701)
*Commercial building damage reported in Lakewood industrial park (area of 150 Airport Road)
LAKEWOOD — Homes in Brick were damaged and the Garden State Parkway was closed for hours between exits 83 to 90 due to a large forest fire that started off Airport Road.
Brick Mayor John G. Ducey said 29 homes were damaged in Brick Lake Park, a neighborhood off Cedar Bridge Avenue, as a result of the fire that spread over 100 acres between Lakewood and Brick. Three of the damaged homes are uninhabitable, Ducey said.
The Parkway was reopened to traffic before 10 p.m., according to the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.
Maris Gabliks, a spokesman for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, said the fire was traveling eastward, driven by Sunday’s blustery, dry conditions. Firefighters trained in both structural and wildland fires from across Ocean and Monmouth counties were responding to the blaze.
The fire had spread to about 162 acres by 6:30 p.m., according to Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the Forest Fire Service.
“We have two helicopters and a single engine air tanker working the fire. The fire did cross the Garden State Parkway and it’s threatening residential and shopping center type areas (along Route 70),” Gabliks said.
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