Forest fire erupts in Burlington County

A new forest fire is burning in southern New Jersey, even as crews have subdued four others that broke out a day earlier.

The latest fire was reported around 11 a.m. Friday in Shamong Township in Burlington County, where 50 acres of the Wharton State Forest have burned so far.

The Jersey Forest Fire Service expects it to spread to 200 acres.

The new fire came as crews gained control over four other blazes that broke out on Thursday, fanned by strong winds.

Two fires in Berkeley Township, one in Franklin Township in Gloucester County, and one in Downe Township in Cumberland County were either fully or nearly contained Friday.

Rain due late Friday is expected to help extinguish all the blazes.

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