50+ acre forest fire burning in Hamilton Township

    The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is battling a forest fire in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County.

    The estimated 50-acre fire is within a remote area between Route 322 and the Great Egg Harbor River, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Section B10.

    Officials said that the fire, which was reported at around 4 p.m. Sunday, was uncontained as of 11 p.m. due to high winds. 

    DEP representative Larry Ragonese told the Press of Atlantic City that the fire was not considered threatening as it is burning within a “very remote area, away from any sort of structures or homes in the woods behind the blueberry farm.”

    The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly issued a Special Weather Statement Sunday morning advising of an enhanced fire risk.

    “Low relative humidity levels, gusty winds and dry fine fuels will create an elevated risk for the spread of wildfires […],” the statement advised. 

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