New York City Smells Like Smoke Because Of New Jersey

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Large numbers of New Yorkers woke up to the smell of smoke on Monday, the result of a brush fire in Wharton State Forest in New Jersey.

New York City’s official emergency notification system sent out an alert on Twitter about the issue at 12:42 a.m. Monday.

According to The New York Times, the state forest is about 90 miles south of the city, and the smoke from the fire was trapped “in a weather system that kept it from dispersing into the atmosphere.”

Tim Morrin, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, told the newspaper the smell should be gone by the afternoon. The fire, which occurred in a remote area of the state park, had spread through 1,500 acres by Monday morning, and was 50 percent contained. The cause of the blaze was not yet clear to officials.


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