NJ forest fire 50 percent contained

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Chopper 6 HD over the woods fire in the Wharton State Forest near Hammonton, NJ.</span></div>
October 23, 2008 10:55:18 AM PDT
Firefighters have contained half of a forest fire that charred 1,800 acres of New Jersey's Pinelands. The fire is holding in a remote area where Atlantic, Burlington and Camden counties converge. No buildings are threatened.

Forest Fire Service spokesman Bert Plante said Route 206 might be reopened Thursday afternoon. Smoke from the fire has limited visibility on the road, which has been closed since the fire began Tuesday afternoon.

Firefighters had the blaze 50 percent contained as of midday Thursday.

"The situation is starting to look a little better," he said. "We're starting to get a handle on it."

Plante said firefighters do not expect the blaze to travel much beyond its present boundaries unless there is a sudden increase in winds.

Several smaller brush fires broke out Thursday along Route 195 in Howell Township, but were considered minor, Plante said.

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