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Teaneck firefighter captures striking images of Meadowlands brush fire

Photo Credit: property Willy Thompson

ONLY ON CLIFFVIEW PILOT: As flames raged through more than 100 acres of the Meadowlands on Wednesday, Teaneck firefighter Willy Thompson kept moving, shooting photos from various angles.

ALL PHOTOS property Willy Thompson

The first call for the fire at the Rosenthal china wholesaler at 239 Paterson Plank Road came in around 1:15 this afternoon. More departments were summoned as it began to spread.

Flames shot more than two stories, roaring toward the Izod Center and MetLife Stadium, bringing 15 or so mutual aid fire departments from throughout the area who operated at the scene or covered for the others. Controlled burns beginning just after 6 p.m. helped forge a barrier.

Several witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT that smoke blew across the western spur of the nearby New Jersey Turnpike, forcing a brief closure. Motorists were being advised to use the eastern spur.

Although not entirely extinguished, the fire was contained before nightfall.

Willy Thompson, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a Teaneck firefighter who lives in Maywood.

Some of his striking images, shot with a Canon 60D, are collected here ( click arrow ):

It’s the time of year when dry and windy conditions make for fires that spread quickly. Dozens of brushfires were reported across the state this weekend, and the hopes were for less trouble as the winds died down. However, several have popped up or continued to burn.

If you’re from around here, you know the various benefits of these kinds of fires, which remove dead plant species and make room for others to reproduce and grow. Provided they don’t spread past the meadows themselves, they clear the way for a greener, healthier environment.

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