Crews battling forest fire in South Jersey

    Crews are battling a forest fire in a remote section of southern New Jersey’s Hamilton Township, west of Atlantic City.

    The state Forest Fire Service says the fire broke out around 7 a.m. and was spotted by an airplane.

    It took an hour to get men and equipment to the fire site, where they’re using bulldozers and fire trucks to fight it.

    The fire service says about 50 acres have burned so far.

    Officials expect between 100 to 150 acres will burn before the fire is contained.

    No homes or businesses are near the fire, which is burning between the Black Horse Pike and the Atlantic City Expressway. So far, smoke from the blaze has not affected traffic on either roadway.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.