An estimated 220-acre forest fire is burning in Waterford Township Thursday night, near the border of Hammonton, in Wharton State Forest, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
Forty State Forest Fire Service members are on the ground and the fire is 50 percent contained, said DEP representative Larry Ragonese.
“During the night, the crews will be patrolling the fire lines to make sure the fire stays contained,” he said. “(Friday) morning, once they get daylight, they will be looking for hotspots and doing mop-ups. The confidence is really high that this will be contained by the morning.”
There have been no homes threatened, no evacuations, no road closures and no injuries, he said.
There are smoke conditions on Route 206, and State Police are stationed there to make sure traffic gets through without problems, he said.
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