Crews battling 800-acre forest fire in Wharton State Forest

     The smoke plume from the forest fire in Waterford Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of @taeganlong via Twitter)

    The smoke plume from the forest fire in Waterford Sunday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of @taeganlong via Twitter)

    Firefighters are battling a forest fire that broke out late Sunday morning in South Jersey.

    The 800-acre blaze is burning in the Wharton State Forest near Atsion Lake in Waterford, a New Jersey Forest Fire Service spokesman said Sunday afternoon. The conflagration is to the west of Route 206, he added. 

    But unlike the wildfire in Berkeley Township earlier this week, the Wharton fire is not a threat to any structures, the spokesman said. 

    A tweet from earlier today by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service Section B10 stated that the fire is “in [the] middle of nowhere.”

    No injuries have been reported, and crews are working toward containment, according to the spokesman. 

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