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177th Fighter Wing Fire Department responds to blaze

Firefighters with the 177th Fighter Wing respond to a brush fire near Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., on May 1, 2021. The fire, which was caused by a downed electrical wire, burned nearly 40 acres before being brought under control.

Firefighters with the 177th Fighter Wing respond to a brush fire near Atlantic City Air National Guard Base, N.J., on May 1, 2021. The fire, which was caused by a downed electrical wire, burned nearly 40 acres before being brought under control.

ATLANTIC CITY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.J. --

The 177th Fighter Wing Firehouse assisted South Jersey Transportation Authority firefighters with fighting a brush fire near Atlantic City Air National Guard Base early in the morning on May 1, 2021.

Five firefighters and four vehicles from the 177th responded and expended nearly 8,000 gallons of water while fighting the blaze.

“We responded very early in the morning to a grass fire that quickly grew in the intense winds,” said 177th Fighter Wing firefighter Ken Brown. “Within minutes we had partners from several agencies offer mutual aid and we went to work. It was great to tackle this incident as a team. This was a fine example of how training together and good communication led to successful protection of life and property.”

The fire was caused by downed power lines and burned approximately 40 acres of grassland adjacent to the airport. 

Other responding agencies included the Cardiff Fire Department, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and the 177th Security Forces Squadron.

The fire was successfully extinguished and command of the scene was handed over to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.