Burlington County, N.J. fires now 75 percent contained

    Red flag warnings remain in effect because the threat of brush fires is high throughout New Jersey.

    Fire crews are hoping to contain a large, wind-whipped wildfire that has engulfed hundreds of acres in southern New Jersey.

    Update, 12:00:

    Philly.com reports fire crews are still monitoring Tuesday’s wind gusts, which could reach up to 30 mph. However, the fire in Burlington County is mostly contained.

    Update, 8:45 a.m.

    NBC10 reports the Burlington County fires are now 75 percent contained. As of Monday, approximately 1,000 acres had burned, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. At least 25 homes could be threatened by the flames.

    5:15 a.m.

    The blaze broke out early yesterday in Tabernacle and Woodland, and by mid-morning it had extended across 600 acres. Roughly half of the fire had been contained by early last night, but state officials expect it will consume about 1,000 acres before it’s finished.

    Fire crews are now focusing their efforts on containing the blaze and extinguishing trees or logs that may still be burning this morning. Officials expect the wildfire will be completely under control by week’s end at the latest.

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