World news – Dozens of homes were damaged in a massive New Jersey forest fire

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Nearly 30 homes and two commercial buildings were damaged in a New Jersey forest fire that caught on Sunday and reportedly spread rapidly in windy and dry conditions.

The fire started around 1 p.m. in Lakewood. and later moved to Brick, where 29 houses were damaged – three of them uninhabitable, the Asbury Park Press reported, citing Brick Mayor John Ducey.

The fire started off relatively small and burned less than a quarter of the area of a soccer field when it was first reported, NJ.com reported.

But by 6:30 p.m., the flames had spread to about 162 acres, officials said outlets said.

The Garden State Parkway between Exits 83 to 90 were temporarily closed on Sunday due to a fire.

« We have two helicopters and a single-engine air tanker handling the fire, » Caryn Shinske, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, told Asbury Park Press.

« The fire has the garden State Parkway crosses and threatens residential and shopping malls, « Shinske said near Route 70.

Weather conditions in New Jersey were ripe for bushfires to spread, with high winds and low humidity.

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