A large brush fire is threatening two dozen homes and involving as many as 1,000 acres in southern New Jersey.
The blaze began early Monday in the Burlington County towns of Tabernacle and Woodland.
Assistant state Fire Warden Steve Maurer says planes and helicopters are flying over the scene to assess the fire and begin dropping water.
As many as 1,000 acres could be affected. Maurer says firefighters lit a backfire to get the blaze away from about 25 homes, but said the homes still could be affected.
The fire is the second major brush fire in southern New Jersey in less than a week. Last week two fires burned 400 acres in Winslow Township, about 20 miles southwest of Monday’s blaze. Officials say those likely were set deliberately.