Firefighters save several structures from brush fire in Keyport

     Photo courtesy of JSHN contributor Tara Zuppa Gallagher.

    Photo courtesy of JSHN contributor Tara Zuppa Gallagher.

    Firefighters from the ground and air saved several structures from a brush fire that broke out mid-afternoon Friday in Keyport, authorities said.

    Fanned by gusty winds, the fire broke out in a grassy area near Route 516 and the Luppatatong Creek around 3:30 p.m. and quickly advanced toward structures, according to Monmouth County Police, Fire & EMS on Facebook.

    Authorities subsequently ordered an evacuation of several nearby structures.

    Firefighters from multiple departments battled the blaze, assisted by a New Jersey Forest Fire Service plane, which made multiple water drops.

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    The main body of the fire was knocked down about an hour later, with firefighters continuing to douse hot spots during the late afternoon. 

    Officials say that there were no injuries and no structures damaged. 

    The cause was not immediately known. 

    The National Weather Service warned of an enhanced risk of fire spread today due to low humidity, gusty winds, and dry vegetation. 

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