The New Jersey Forest Fire Service on Sunday battled a second forest fire in less than a week in Downe Township, Cumberland County.

Meanwhile, state Forest Fire Service crews also was battling a blaze across at least 800 acres in the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County.

The agency used planes, a helicopter and bulldozers to attack the Cumberland blaze, which started near another fire that was brought under control Friday near Railroad Avenue in Downe Township.

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The Millville Fire Department responded to the Millville Municipal Airport about noon Sunday to fill Fire Service planes with water.

Southern Regional Fire Service spokesman Ken Badger said he could not immediately say how big the new fire is, but he said it was reported to be near the fire extinguished about 6 miles southwest of Millville in Cumberland County that burned more than 1,500 acres in and around the Edward G. Bevan Fish and Wildlife Management Area before it was brought under control last week.

Badger, of Mays Landing, said there were no evacuations or injuries reported Sunday. The blaze was burning in an unpopulated part of Downe Township, he said.

The agency used a spotter helicopter to direct its attack, which included fire planes and heavy equipment.

As of April 20, fires in New Jersey have burned 2,195 acres — more than three times as much forest as the same period last year, according the agency. But those numbers do not reflect large forest fires last week that scorched hundreds of acres across Burlington, Ocean and Cumberland counties.

In Burlington County, the Wharton fire broke out Sunday morning near the same area where another fire occurred on Friday in Shamong Township, the Courier-Post reported.

The fire was in a remote area and the fire service said it was not a threat to any property. No injuries or damage had been reported and a spokesman said it was 30 percent contained.

Several nearby roads were closed so crews can battle the blaze, and a campground was evacuated.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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