DOWNE TOWNSHIP – A fire that burned more than 1,500 acres of state woodlands in Cumberland County since Wednesday is now under control, New Jersey officials said.

Firefighters brought the blaze at the Edward G. Bevans Wildlife Management Area under control “overnight and into the early morning,” said state Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Larry Hajna.

“Under control means there is very little likelihood that it would escape containment lines,” Hajna said.

Fires are still smoldering in the 1,533 acres that were destroyed, Hajna said. Some firefighters will remain on the scene for a while for “mopup” operations and to secure fire control lines, he said.

The National Weather Service is predicting more than a half-inch of rain could fall this evening and into tomorrow morning.

Hajna said that “any rain would help” ongoing firefighting efforts.

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