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Warren Grove, New Jersey
Unincorporated community
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Ocean
Township Stafford
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
ZIP code 08005 - Barnegat
GNIS feature ID 0881544

Warren Grove is an unincorporated rural community that is a part of Stafford Township, Barnegat Township and Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Its location in the heart of the Pine Barrens makes it one of the most secluded and remote corners of the state.

The Warren Grove Gunnery Range is a military bomb practice range. Fighter jets including A-10's and F-16's from East Coast Air National Guard units use the area for practice bombing and strafing. Warren Grove is also home to the Pygmy Pine Forest of New Jersey, where the trees don't grow any taller than five feet.

Incidents

  • In May 2007, flares dropped from an F-16 belonging to the 177th Fighter Wing set off a large wildfire that consumed more than 18,000 acres (73 km²) of the Pinelands and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
  • In November 2004, an F-16 fired 25 rounds that hit the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School.
  • In January 2002, an aircraft practicing at Warren Grove crashed near the Garden State Parkway spewing flames and molten metal across the busy road.
  • In June 2001, a 1,600 acres (6 km2) forest fire occurred when an Air National Guard plane dropped a 25-pound practice bomb at the range.
  • In April 1999, nearly 12,000 acres (49 km2) of forest, wetlands, cedar swamp and cranberry bogs burned after a Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 111th Fighter Wing plane dropped a "dummy" bomb more than a mile from its target.
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