UPDATED: Mahwah Squad Fights Meadowlands Brush Fire For Six Hours
Assistant Chief says massive fire was "mostly out" by 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and many mutual aid trucks were released from the scene
Mahwah volunteer firefighters were among multiple Bergen County agencies that responded to a brush fire at the meadowlands Wednesday. According to a NorthJersey.com report, firefighters from 15 local squads were helping fight the massive fire, which stretched 60 acres directly behind the Izod Center. The fire was initially reported at about 1:10 p.m., the report said.
The fire was reported to be under control by 10 p.m.
According to Mahwah Assistant Fire Chief Brad Stio, Mahwah Co. 4 tanker 425 responded to the blaze. "We are part of a county task force to help on big mutual aid calls like this," he said.
Stio said the Mahwah squad of six firefighters was dismissed from the scene at about 8:30 p.m. “The fire was mostly out, and the squads there were just putting out a few spot fires that were left,” Stio said shortly after 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Mahwah crew was at the scene for about six hours, he said. The Mahwah tanker was used as a water supply and fire engine. “We were also used to protect the buildings on the streets next to the field,” he said.
The huge, billowing black cloud of smoke from the Meadowlands brush fire could be seen for miles Wednesday afternoon.
According to NorthJersey.com, this is the largest brush fire the Meadowlands has experienced in a decade.