A forest fire burned more than 1,500 acres of land in the Wharton State Forest Sunday into Monday sending smoke into the air that could be seen and smelled in neighboring states.
The location of the fire was 31 Batsto Road. Crews dropped water on the fire from airplanes and used backfires to contain the fire. The fire did not threaten structures or people.
NBC10’s SkyForce10 could spot smoke from the fire wafting in the air above Northeast Philly Monday morning — that’s about 40 miles away. There were also reports of reduced visibilities at some area airports.
NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz said that winds pushed the smoke towards Pennsylvania ahead of a storm system that would deliver rain to the area that should help firefighters battling the blaze.
The blaze was only half contained Monday morning, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
The flames and smoke continued, however, over a larger area than the day before, according to New Jersey State Police.
New York City’s emergency management office alerted residents in Brooklyn and Staten Island that they might smell smoke from the blaze, which is about 90 miles away.
There were no reports of injuries.
How the fire started remained under investigation Monday.