Brush fires near tracks halt trains near New York City

Firefighters battle a brush fire in in Secaucus, N.J., Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Officials say two brush fires have halted some rail service outside New York City. Amtrak wrote on Twitter that service on its busy Northeast Corridor line is on hold between Newark, New Jersey, and New York's Penn Station until a fire is cleared. And New Jersey Transit says its trains into Manhattan are being diverted to Hoboken. (Joe Shine/The Jersey Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Amtrak has restored service on its busy Northeast Corridor line between Newark, New Jersey, and New York’s Penn Station.

Train travel had been disrupted for more than an hour Tuesday by brush fires in the New Jersey communities of Kearny and Secaucus. The fires sent large clouds of thick, black smoke billowing into the air, but no injuries were reported.

Service was restored after both fires were extinguished. The fires had also spurred New Jersey Transit to divert its trains into Manhattan to Hoboken, but that service also was restored as of Tuesday afternoon, albeit with delays of up to an hour.

The National Weather Service has issued a “red flag” warning, saying strong winds and dryness are creating ideal conditions for brush fires. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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