On Sunday, the fire had spread to about 8,000 hectares, said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the State Department's Ministry of the Environment, but the fire is now about 50 percent included.
The South Jersey Forest Fire spreads smoke and ashes in North Jersey and beyond, grew overnight, but the authorities claim it is now half-closed. At 1:45 pm On Saturday, a fire was reported in Penn State Forest in the Woodland Township in Burlington County, and strong winds quickly spread the flames. By late Saturday, it had grown to 5,000 hectares, forcing the closure of Route 72.
On Sunday afternoon, the fire had spread to about 1
This fire is one of the larger that New Jersey has seen in recent years. In 2015, Woodland Township suffered a 1,000-hectare fire.
"This is a big fire," Hajna said about the flame on Sunday.
The firefighters in New Jersey have fought and held down the actual fires, while Burlington and Ocean County fire brigade teams are protecting the buildings, Hajna said.
Route 72 remains blocked in the area of the flame.
People in Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Essex, and Ocean County, as well as some highways in Staten Island, noticed the smell of smoke and saw smoke billowing in the air.
Liz Rios of Toms River said she did not notice the smoke until around 4:30 pm Saturday while she was driving. She posted a heavy smoke video over her city on Sunday morning.
"The smell gave the impression that it came much closer than it actually was," she told NJ Advance Media.
Sunday morning, a National Weather Service spokesman He said he had not heard any air quality alerts and that the state was currently rated as "moderate".
"Areas below this fire – the wind blew from the south and led smoke north – could see widespread ash or smoke smell," he said. "This is more localized, but if you're in that smoke zone "You will feel the localized effects of it."
However, no one has been injured by the fire and no evacuations have been mandated.
Hajna said Sunday weather – cooler with rainy periods – would help curb the fire
"It is equally important that the wind has subsided," Hajna said, helping to quell the spread of flames.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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