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Wildfire in southern New Jersey grows to about 11,000 acres

Jun 20, 2022, 2:42 PM
A wildfire in southern New Jersey more than doubled in size to at least 2,100 acres, according to t...
A wildfire in southern New Jersey more than doubled in size to at least 2,100 acres, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. (Credit: KYW)
(Credit: KYW)

(CNN) — A wildfire in southern New Jersey has grown to about 11,000 acres in size Monday and is 50% contained, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

Firefighters are battling the blaze at Wharton State Forest across four townships — Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica — “fueled by dry and breezy conditions,” the service said on social media.

The size of the fire represents a significant growth from its 2,100-acre size Sunday night, the fire service said.

There have been no reported injuries, but 18 structures are threatened, according to the tweet.

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

Two roads and a number of hiking trails in the forest have been closed because of the wildfire, the fire service said.

Weather conditions are forecast to ease on Monday, with a high of 80 and winds between 5-10 mph. Winds are expected to trail off by the evening hours and there is a slight chance for showers on Tuesday.

Wharton State Forest, located about 20 miles northwest of Atlantic City, is the largest single tract of land within the New Jersey State Park System, according to the state’s park service.

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Wildfire in southern New Jersey grows to about 11,000 acres