Fire Burns More Than 200 Acres of South Jersey Forest Tuesday
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP — More than 200 acres burned in a South Jersey forest fire on Tuesday morning.
Flames were reported in the Wharton State Forest around 1:30 a.m. The fire was 80 percent contained as of 11 a.m., according to Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Bob Considine, who said a plane will go up during the morning to better assess the size of the fire.
No homes or structures are in jeopardy from the fire, according to Considine. He said the blaze was fanned by wind gusts of more than 20 mph overnight.
"Forest Fire Service has resources on hand to handle if wind picks back up this afternoon. Wind was a big reason for the spread of the fire overnight," Considine said.
"Winds will be somewhat lighter too, 'only' gusting to 30 mph," meteorologist Dan Zarrow said. Relative humidity was expected to drop during the day.