Smoke from Pine Barrens wildfire drifting over portion of Shore

     New Jersey Forest Fire Service photo of 2014 wildfire.

    New Jersey Forest Fire Service photo of 2014 wildfire.

    Smoke from a fire in the Pine Barrens is drifting over the northern portion of the Jersey Shore tonight.

    Spotted early this afternoon from a fire tower, the wildfire is currently burning hundreds of acres in a remote portion of Burlington County near Route 72 in Woodland, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. 

    JSHN contributors report smoke in portions of Ocean and Monmouth counties. NOAA is reporting a southwest wind late this evening, pushing the smoke toward New York City.

    State officials expect the fire to burn within a 1,000-acre containment area, which is designed the keep the blaze from spreading.

    According to the officials, the fire will not threaten any structures, and there are no reported injuries to firefighters.

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