Forest Fire Raging in South Jersey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Beachwood forest fire


A massive forest fire is spreading in Beachwood, New Jersey, prompting an early closure at a local school and a response from several fire departments throughout the area.

The fire has spread to more than 150 acres. Beachwood is in Ocean County, about 50 miles north of Atlantic City.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. 40 Homes Have Been Evacuated

According to NBC New York, 40 homes have been evacuated because of the blaze, and an intermediate school within the Toms River Regional School District closed early as a precaution.

Watch video above from NBC New York.

2. It’s Been Declared a Major Forest Fire

According to the Shore News Network, the New Jersey Fire Service has declared the blaze a major forest fire.

3. Radar is Picking Up the Smoke 3>

4. The Fire Was First Spotted at 11:45 a.m.

According to the Asbury Park Press, the fire was first spotted from the Lakewood Fire Tower at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. The Press reports that the fire had destroyed about 50 acres by 12:35.

5. The Area Was in a Critical Fire Are


The Press points out that the National Weather Service had listed most of New Jersey as part of a critical fire area.