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Brush Fires Along Route 4 Cause Delays

Police closed two lanes while crews extinguished the fires.

Fire crews quickly extinguished two small brush fires along Route 4 westbound late Saturday afternoon.

Both fires, near the Decatur Avenue exit, were contained to small areas of brush and caused no injuries. Officials said the first reports of the fire came in around 5 p.m.

The flames sent smoke into the air above Route 4 and forced police to block two westbound lanes near the scene. The Department of Transportation reported delays in both directions on Route 4 in Teaneck as of 5:30 p.m. 

Brush fires were being reported across New Jersey as the state was experiencing dry and breezy weather. A Red Flag Warning, the National Weather Service's strongest fire alert, remained in effect until 8 p.m. 

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DMAB6395 April 08, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Not surprised at all with the wind we've been having & like the report says it's been very dry. What we need is less windy conditions & a good rainstorm. Glad to hear that they got the fire out before it spread & that no one was injured or any real damage was done.

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