I'm watching the News on the huge fire that is burning in New Jersey. Unbelievable! I'm about 140 miles North of the fire and this season has been far from dry. It has rained regularly this Spring and destructive flooding has been more of a problem than a drought. I suppose that all of those Pine Trees are powerful fuel.
Of course My first concern is with the lives and property of the residents, especially the many retirement villages and nursing homes located in that area but I have enjoyed bicycling through the Pine Barrens and nearby areas and camped at Bass River and am sorry to see this unique and scenic area being destroyed. For those that may not be familiar with the area, most of New Jersey is completely different from the stereotype of Northeast NJ and the Turnpike corridor.
I hope that everyone is safe and that this fire is contained quickly.