Service truck

The rear view of a Forest Fire Service truck, at Stockton University on March 14.

SHAMONG TOWNSHIP — Rain helped firefighters get the upper hand on a fire that consumed 1,800 acres in Wharton State Forest.

The fire was declared 100% contained Monday morning.

It had broken out Sunday along the border of Burlington and Camden counties.

Authorities were investigating whether a lightning strike ignited the blaze.

The fire was in a remote part of the forest, and no homes were threatened. However, fire crews closed roads as they battled the flames.

The state’s Department of Transportation issued an alert that all lanes of Route 206 near Chew Road/CR 536 were closed on Sunday due to the fire.

The state Forest Fire Service posted on its Twitter account Sunday night that Section B10 Division C was working the “Jack Swamp Fire” just southwest of Atsion Lake near the Burlington-Camden county line.

Correction: An earlier report from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said that the fire was 500 acres.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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