Investigators have determined that a large forest fire that broke out in southern New Jersey last Thursday was intentionally set although a different blaze that occurred in the same area on the same day was accidental, the Asbury Park Press reported. The first fire started around 11:40 a.m. along a roadside in Beachwood and burned 307 acres. Investigators say that blaze was accidental, started by improperly discarded smoking materials. The second fire occurred about five miles away and was intentionally started. That blaze broke out around 5:50 p.m. and burned 220 acres. Authorities say it was started on the side of an unimproved road with a flame and a pile of dry leaves and flammable debris.
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