Wildfire in Southern New Jersey Increased to more than 7,000 acres

A wildfire in Southern New Jersey has swiftly increased to 7,200 acres in size and 45% contained, as per New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

Firefighters are fighting the growing blaze at Wharton State Forest across four townships- Washington, Hammonton, Mullica, and Shamong. 

As of Sunday, the size of the fire is about 2,100 acres, the fire service informed. 

There have been no injuries so far; however, 18 structures are in danger, per the tweet.

“Structure protection is in place and provided by local volunteer fire departments from Atlantic, Burlington, and Ocean counties,” officials said. “We thank them for their assistance.”

Two roads and a few hiking paths in the forest have been shut down due to wildfire.

Weather conditions on Monday are predicted to ease, with a high of 80 and winds between 5-10 mph. However, winds are expected to trail off by the evening, and there is a possibility of rain on Tuesday. 

About 20 miles Located northwest of Atlantic City, Wharton State Forest is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Perk System, as per the State’s Park Service.