Compost Fire in New Jersey

Oakland Fire Department was dispatched for a reported brush fire at the top of Skyline Drive at about 12pm.

First arriving units reported a large 30 ft x 100 ft x 15 ft high compost pile was engulfed in flames. Oakland Assistant Chief Sondervan arrived on scene and requested 2 tankers to respond to the scene. The closest water source to the fire scene is over 3 miles away.

Franklin Lakes Fire Department and Ringwood Fire Department responded with their tankers. Additional tankers from Mahwah, West Milford and Tuxedo, New York were also dispatched to the scene. Franklin Lakes Fire Department Tanker 341 set up their portable pond and the tanker shuttles began.

Chief Sondervan also requested front end loaders and backhoes from the Oakland Road Department and Franklin Lakes Road Department to break up the pile. Oakland First Aid Squad was also dispatched to the scene along with other Mutual Aid Ambulances and set up a Rehab area. This was a busy area, as the temperature was 95 degrees.

The pile was broken down by the front end loaders and spread out and then it was picked apart by hand and wet down for about 6 hours.

Franklin Lakes Fire Department also sent 1 engine along with a Midland Park Engine to fill Oakland's Company 1.

New Jersey Forest Fire Service was dispatched and kept a watchful eye for spot fires and possible extension into the surrounding forest.