New Jersey

Forest Fire Scorches 3,000 Acres in New Jersey

A forest fire sent thick smoke into the air in New Jersey and caused some closures.

The blaze consumed approximately 3,000 acres in a remote area of the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County Thursday into Friday.

By Friday morning, dozens of firefighters had the blaze 70 percent contained, Robert Geist of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said.

Smoke from the fire was drifting through parts of New Jersey. The Ocean County sheriff's office said it could be smelled 30 miles away in Long Beach Island and people reported seeing smoke in Atlantic County as well.

The forest service closed Batsto Village, Crowleys Landing Boat Launch and Bulltown Road as well as some campgrounds and trails due to smoke and ash from the blaze, Geist said. Fire isn’t threatening those areas.

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