HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — An estimated 50-acre forest fire was burning in Hamilton Township into Sunday night, near the vicinity of Atlantic Blueberry Co. between Route 322 and the Great Egg Harbor River, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The fire was reported at around 4 p.m. Sunday and was said to be in a “very remote area, away from any sort of structures or homes in the woods behind the blueberry farm,” said DEP representative Larry Ragonese.

 It is contained as of Monday morning, but black smoke could still be seen from a portion still burning, which Ragonese attributed to high winds the day before.

N.J. Forest Fire Service trucks were at the scene during the day Sunday assisted by Hamilton Township Police, Mays Landing Volunteers Fire Department and Mays Landing Fire Department.

A helicopter was also on standby, but wasn't needed, Ragonese said.

Heavy smoke in the areas of Cloverleaf Lakes to Mays Landing Proper were expected until the fire was fully contained.

-Elisa Lala

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