Firefighters battle 14 forest fires around NJ

Dry, hot weather has created favorable conditions for brush fires around New Jersey.

Firefighters are battling 14 brush fires around the state. Today's humid conditions have blanketed areas near the fires with a smell of smoke.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst spokeswoman Angel Lopez says a fire on a firing range on Fort Dix scorched approximately 4,000 acres. The fire, which began Sunday, did not damage any buildings.

New Jersey State Forest Fire Service crews continue to work on a fire that scorched 8 acres in Lakewood. Gene White of the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service says heavy underground fire and dry trees are making the fire difficult to put out.

Firefighters have responded to 773 wildfires this year, which burned 4,041 acres, according to the state forest fire service. In 2009, only 605 brush fires were reported, which burned 1,049 acres.

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