A large brush fire ripped through the Meadowlands near Kearny and Newark this afternoon, prompting NJ Transit to briefly suspend rail service on the Northeast Corridor and Midtown Direct, North Jersey Coast and Raritan Valley lines. The blaze was one of many that firefighters have battled throughout the state, as high winds and dry ground combined for ripe fire conditions. "This is going to be a problem until we get a few soaking rains," David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University, said of brush fires. "This is really the beginning of the fire season."
/ / / As winter withdraws, brush fire season is NJ’s latest headache