As I walked to Fairway for my 12:45 a.m. Monday shopping trip (beat the crowds!), I smelled smoke. This was particularly strange because there was no sound of fire trucks. This morning, we learned the cause: a brush fire in Wharton State Forest, about 75 miles Southwest of Staten Island, has been sending smoke up toward the city.
“The fire grew to about 1,500 acres in a remote area of the Wharton State Forest near Devious Mount Road, according to the state forest fire service,” New Jersey News 12 reported.
The fire was apparently about 50% contained as of around 9 a.m. Monday morning. There are no reports of injuries or structures threatened.
UPDATE: The state has announced an air quality advisory: “Notification issued on 4/7/14 at 11:45 AM. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City until 11:00 PM tonight. Active children, adults, and people with lung disease, such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. For more air quality information visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/“