April 10, 2012 |
Three days after crews battled two suspicious fires that scorched 400 acres in the Pinelands before being controlled, firefighters fought a new wind-whipped blaze on Monday that burned more than twice as many acres and threatened several homes in Burlington County. Michael Drake, acting fire warden for the state Forest Fire Service, said officials had evidence that Monday's blaze was set, as were Friday's blazes in the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Camden County. He would not elaborate.
July 27, 1997 |
As towering flames raced toward the Holiday City Berkeley retirement community in Ocean County, an elderly man climbed to the roof of his one-story house and aimed a garden hose at the burning forest. "New York City Fire Department," he shouted down at the police officer trying to coax him off the roof. "I'll fight this. " Firefighters who battled the raging forest fire that burned up 800 acres of Pinelands on July 19 and 20 told and retold the story, amazed that a resident who lived a few feet away from the forest was so unaware of its dangers.
July 7, 2012 |
The devastation from the forest fires was unlike any in New Jersey since record-keeping began in 1906. Miles of woodland were blackened - 183,000 acres in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, Atlantic, Hunterdon, Somerset, and Middlesex Counties. Nearly 400 homes and buildings were reduced to ashes and seven people were killed in wind-driven fires over three days in April 1963. The blaze was never forgotten by New Jersey officials, who have been reminded of it again by deadly wildfires in Colorado and are working to improve management of nearly two million acres of state-owned or -supervised forests to avoid a similar disaster.
July 25, 2003 |
Your kids have probably seen Disney's Lilo and Stitch. You might wear a Hawaiian shirt every now and then. And if you're an Elvis fan, you may even remember how to say "Merry Christmas" in Hawaiian. Now, you and your family have a rare chance to say "Aloha" to some real island culture this weekend. Polynesian Day, Sunday at the Village Green in Historic Smithville, N.J., near Atlantic City, will offer dancing, music and crafts from the islands of the Pacific. Visitors will see orchids from the Big Island of Hawaii made into both leis and the lesser-known hakus.
July 31, 1997 |
Above the charred trees at the edge of Wharton State Forest, helicopters dumped giant red buckets of water and foam-like fire retardant on the 1,700-acre wildfire that broke out here Tuesday. All was not well at historic Batsto Village, however, where division warden Frank Pallante stared at the giant cloud of smoke that grew larger still. The wind direction had just shifted, throwing the firefighting operation's gains into jeopardy. Despite all the technological advances that have been made since a century ago, when forest dwellers beat out blazes with strips of cedar trees, Mother Nature still holds the upper hand in the battle against wildfires.
April 3, 1988 |
Paintings, paperbacks and photographs will share display space this month at the Camden County Library Echelon Urban Center, Laurel Road, Voorhees. Exhibits of paperback cover art from the collection of Rich Greene of Collingswood, and photographs of the work and members of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, taken by Shirley O'Neill of Pine Hill, will be on display from April 6 through 29. The photographic display will include about 50 poster-size and 8-by-10-inch color pictures taken by O'Neill, who has been a pumper truck crew member for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service since 1983.
August 9, 1999 |
After years of searching for the coolest place in America, I've come to the conclusion New Jersey's Pine Barrens takes the cake, the quirkiest place in our nation. For example, herpetologists reported recently that a housing development under construction in Evesham is habitat for an endangered species of rattlesnake. Who could have imagined a rare wild animal lurking in Philadelphia's suburbs, waiting in the grass to startle unsuspecting soccer moms? An endangered species of another sort can also be found in the Pine Barrens - outlaw motorcycle gangs.
August 22, 2002 |
In a summer of raging forest fires, President Bush will visit the charred remnants of an Oregon blaze today to promote plans that would open some forests for limited logging in the name of fire prevention. The proposal has bipartisan support, but some environmentalists accuse Bush of using the recent rash of devastating fires as an excuse to roll back forest protections. At issue is the practice of thinning - clearing out small trees and underbrush that can turn a small fire into a rampaging inferno.
June 5, 1992 |
And now for the final (we hope) word on the Great Smokey Controversy: There is a federal law on the books that says Smokey's name is "Smokey Bear. " No the. As was revealed in previous Daily News stories, the Advertising Council is distributing a radio advertisement which acknowledges that many people think the name of the famous bear who tries to prevent forest fires is Smokey the Bear. The ad says the name is Smokey Bear. Ad man Earle Palmer Brown was skeptical.
August 6, 2012 |
MADRID - Wildfires fanned by fierce winds and high temperatures raged across a western Spanish region and on the Canary Islands on Sunday, threatening to cut off phone contact with one island, killing an emergency worker and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people, officials said. A 35-year-old man from an army emergency services unit died in a vehicle accident while battling the wildfires in the Extremadura region, and three others were injured. A fourth firefighter had to be treated after inhaling smoke.