Station 55 was dispatched at 1428 hours on a hot Memorial Day May 28, 2012 for a brush fire off North New Prospect Road caused by high power demand with a spark from overhead high tension power lines. Arriving Assistant Chief Mike Waters 5510 reported an active fire burning about 1,000 feet off the road in a marshy area of land, directly underneath power lines. Access to the area burning was difficult due to the soft marshy soil and no access road. Past Chief Rick Masker operating Brush 5519 was able to get on the the fire by using gated access through a adjacent JCP&L power sub-station. High heat conditions with resultant demand on the power lines apparently resulted in a power surge problem at pole top that melted metal on the power line equipment dropping down and triggering the brush fire. Ultimately 3 acres of land were burned, spreading into a hedgerow line in one direction and mossy peat swamp grass cover in the other. No structures were endangered in the fire due to the knockdown by brush truck crews. NJ State Forest Fire Warden officials B-9 and B-8, assisted by B-34 were all deployed on scene to extinguish the fire. Engine 5541 crews provided water fill operations for the brush trucks, as well as additional personnel to assist in extinguishing and overhaul of the fire area. Rescue 5503 was used as a personnel rehab unit due to the heat.
Jackson Mills Station 54 and Freewood Acres Fire Company provided coverage of Station 55′s local during the fire.
The fire was declared under control within 40 minutes, with extensive mop-up operations taking over two more hours. There were no injuries sustained by fire fighters at the scene. All NJ State Forest Fire and Station 55 personnel cleared the fire scene at 1744 hours.