They said in the news that the fire lines seem to be holding so far. Also, they are hoping that the six lanes of the GSP (Garden State Parkway, for those not familiar) will help protect Little Egg Harbor township; if the fire jumps the GSP, then it will be a major problem evacuating that township.
Yeah, they've been lighting backfires along the GSP. If the fire jumps East it'll be very bad. So far, property damage has been light compared to the many terrible natural disasters that have hit all over the country, coast to coast recently. I hope that Mother Nature lends a hand.
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.