Wharton State Forest Fire Grows to Over 12,000 Acres

A wildfire in southern New Jersey has engulfed over 12,000 acres. The fire in the ‘Wharton State Forest’ was 70% contained as of yesterday according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. The fire is fueled by ‘dry and breezy conditions’ and is spread across four townships including Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica. State officials don’t believe the blaze began from natural causes. No injuries have been reported but 18 structures are threatened by the blaze. Two roads and several hiking trails in the forest are also closed. Weather conditions are forecast to ease today and there are chances of rain showers in the area. Officials hope to have it contained tomorrow.