Forest Fire Scorches 3,000 Acres in New Jersey - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Forest Fire Scorches 3,000 Acres in New Jersey



    Crews Fight Washington Township Forest Fire

    Crews in New Jersey reported that a forest fire in Washington Township was 70 percent contained on Friday. The smoke from the fire blew into surrounding counties, making visibility low for drivers in some areas. The blaze did not pose a threat to any businesses or homes, though.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    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.

    New Jersey Forest Fire

    [PHI] New Jersey Forest Fire

    Crews in Burlington County continue to battle the flames that have spread over about a 1,000 acres of the Wharton State Forest.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    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.