California Camp wildfire is a warning to fire-prone NJ Pinelands

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AMANDA OGLESBY / ASBURY PARK PRESS – Lynne Larsen remembers the charred embers she found in her backyard, the way her house smelled of soot and the stress that intruded as she packed her most precious belongings and papers into her car.

It was 2007 and her Barnegat neighborhood, Pheasant Run, was being evacuated as a raging forest fire, started by a munitions accident on the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, moved closer.

“I came home from work that day to a wall of smoke and flames,” said Larsen, who was so affected by the experience that she now serves as chairwoman of her neighborhood’s wildfire-prevention group …

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