Photos: Meadowlands Brush Fire, April 2012

by Jamie Sanford on April 12, 2012

There was a significant brush fire in Carlstadt, NJ yesterday, stemming from an ongoing drought that has left the area extremely dry. Naturally, the best idea was to get the camera and drive toward the billowing smoke.  It was surprisingly easy to drive to where the fire was, pull over into a side street, park the car and just walk around. You know, near the fire.

This was right when we arrived. The whole area to the right would be burning 20-30 minutes later. It was SO fast.

Awesome firefighters.

For context, there’s NYC in the background.


The wind started blowing and everything got very serious.


This was when we started getting pushed back by the official types.


After we were pushed back. Note the trees in front of me here, they will be burning shortly.


There are those trees again.

Then it started getting dark out.

Then everything was on fire.

The fire worked its way to the right.

This was the last view before we left. The fire had burned the entire area in front of us in a matter of minutes.

The fire was contained later in the evening. We will try to go back and assess the damage and take more photos. In the meantime, you should read up on preventing forest fires.

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