Wildfire in NJ Wharton State Forest burns at least 7,200 acres and threatens structures

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New Jersey firefighters are battling a huge wildfire in the Wharton State Forest that has spread to at least 7,200 acres and threatened at least 18 structures as of Monday morning.

Crews were working to contain the blaze, which burned portions of the forest in Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica townships, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said.

On Monday morning, the agency said the fire was 45% contained.

Blowback operations will take place throughout the day to help with containment, wildfire officials said. Crews have also put in place structure protection as the spreading fire threatens at least 18 structures in the area.

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Officials said no injuries have been reported so far.

A wildfire that burned through New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest has spread to at least 7,200 acres Monday morning, state fire officials said.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

As firefighters work to contain the raging wildfire, authorities have announced the closure of several roads and hiking trails until further notice.

A wildfire burning in New Jersey's Wharton State Forest was 45% contained Monday morning, officials said.

A wildfire burning in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest was 45% contained Monday morning, officials said.
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

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Officials reminded the public not to fly drones into fire zones as it will disrupt the ability of fire crews to fly into the area.

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