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Route 539 Brush Fire Under Investigation

Manchester Township police are asking for the public's help for any information about a brush fire in the woods behind the Hook and Hoof Gun Club at 298 Route 539.

The New Jersey State Forest Fire Service notified police at 5:32 p.m. on Sunday, when an employee in the fire tower noticed a heavy black smoke condition, police said.

The Whiting Fire Department and the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service located an active brush fire off of a dirt access road behind the gun club.  The fire was contained to a one-half acre wooded area and was extinguished with the use of a State Forest Fire aircraft.

This incident is currently under investigation by Manchester Detective Chris Hemhauser, the Ocean County Fire Marshall, the State Forest Fire Service and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department CIU unit.

Anyone who may have information or who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in the area is asked to contact Manchester Police at 732-657-6111.      

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