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, 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.

Glenn Murphy April 13, 2012 at 03:14 AM
I Would have Let this "Fire Burn" the whole damn Meadowlands.. Nothing there at all. Not worth spending $$ or Sending Fire Fighters on it. ONLY the Bldg area.. I still would have let it just Burn!!
ref April 13, 2012 at 10:36 AM
go to your room Glenn
Andy Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM
When this year were you at the meadowlands the last time and paddled your kayak or canoe through the marshes around high tide to observe the great variety and number of birds and other species that are calling these many acres of wetlands home - to come to this "informed" opinion? Do you realize their actually are POWERboats taking people every weekend on bird-watching cruises? That's how extensive this area is (not to mention the county park where the Riverkeeper offers boats for rent). Some people actually think they know the "Meadowlands" simply because they have driven their car through a small sector on the Turnpike and peaked over the guard rail at 65 mph, or have sat in the arena near Rt 3 and looked at the artifiical turf - and thus have become well-educated, instant armchair "experts" on there being "nothing there at all".
Glenn Murphy April 13, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Lets CORRECT that! Any Natural Science Person would tell you that the FIRE is a "GOOD Thing" because it BURNS Non Native Plants and lets the "Natural Native Plants" grow back! I stand ON MY COMMENTS!
Andy Schmidt April 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Huh? It burns the invasive species - and only the native species grow back? Really? THAT's what ANY "natural science person" would tell me? That must be the same kind of "science person" who "believes" that humans came into existence 3,000 B.C.<G> If the invasive species are unable grow back - how did they spread to there in the first place? However, my argument was not with fire being part of a necessary renewal cycle - I was responding to your allegation that there's "nothing there at all" and that because of THAT you felt it not WORTH protecting. The Meadowlands are a very important and highly valuable habitat and nature preserve, and as uch is very worthy of our protection efforts. Whether this biotope would be served well by the occasional clensing fire or not, I am not qualified to say.


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