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NJ Wildfire Scorches 1,900 Acres

A major nuisance, South Jersey wildfire now 50-percent contained

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    NJ Wildfire Scorches 1,900 Acres
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    The Wharton State Forest fire is now 50-percent contained.

    A New Jersey wildfire at Wharton State Forest that kicked up early in the week, had spread to 1,900 acres by week's end.  Both the smell and the smoke became a major nuisance for people on both sides of the bridge.   I

    Not only were Hammonton schools closed today because of the smoke, part of Route 206 in Shamong, Burlington County, was shutdown again.

    Even folks in Philadelphia have complained about the smell and the smoke.

    The fire is so intense, it is burning six to eight inches below ground, according to fire officials.. Because of this, they say it may take a lot of rain to really knock down the flames.

    Although 50 percent of the fire is contained, it has spread to the outskirts of Burlington, Atlantic and Camden counties.

    The fire started in Waterford Township, Camden County Tuesday afternoon causing a traffic nightmare.  Route 206 from the Atsion area to Route 536 remained closed for the night.