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New Brush Fires Erupt in North NJ

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Firefighters remain on the scene of a large brush fire in the meadowlands of northern New Jersey that's producing plumes of thick, black smoke.

The blaze caused some travel delays, but no injuries or property damage have been reported.

Separate fires were burning Wednesday afternoon in Carlstadt and in East Rutherford, but firefighters were moving quickly to bring both fires under control.

State Department of Environmental Protection officials say the blaze is burning in Carlstadt, not far from MetLife Stadium and the Izod Center arena in nearby East Rutherford. They say roughly 30 acres is burning overall and that while some structures were nearby, no evacuations were expected.

It wasn't immediately clear what sparked either blaze, but they weren't considered suspicious.

Several brush fires have broken out in New Jersey in recent days, mostly due to dry conditions and low humidity. Strong winds have also helped spread some fires.

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