Brush fires near tracks halt trains near New York City

The two fires caused disruptions in New Jersey Transit and Amtrak schedules

- A brush fire was sending thick smoke over New Jersey on Tuesday afternoon.

While Kearny was battling its fire, just a few miles away Secaucus firefighters also had their hands full with a large brush fire near Secaucus Road. And New Jersey Transit says its trains into Manhattan are being diverted to Hoboken.

A timetable on the service interruption wasn't immediately known, but Amtrak said its service in the Northeast Corridor had been restored by 3 p.m. local time.

Earlier this month, Amtrak service between NY and Philadelphia was temporarily suspended after a train struck a backhoe on the tracks.

Onlookers watch the Secaucus fire from the Alexander Hamilton rest area on the Turnpike eastern spur.

New Jersey Transit sent Midtown Direct trains bound for New York Penn into Hoboken instead, with passengers then crossing the Hudson River on PATH trains operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith said.

The National Weather Service has issued a "red flag" warning, saying strong winds and dryness are creating ideal conditions for brush fires.

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