Crews fully contain forest fire in New Jersey Pinelands; 2nd blaze mostly contained

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
NJ Forest Fire Service continues work on 2 major wildfires in Burlington County
Emergency crews are still working to contain two separate wildfires in Burlington County, New Jersey on Sunday.

BURLINGTON COUNTY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- Authorities say they have completely contained one of the two forest fires burning in the New Jersey Pinelands, while the other remains mostly contained.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service announced Monday that the fire in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Burlington County remains at 1.3 square miles (3.4 square kilometers) and warned that smoke may still be visible for an extended period of time while firefighters work to mop up remaining hotspots. Motorists were also urged to remain alert for blowing smoke.

No injuries were reported in the fire, and authorities said the cause remains under investigation. During the course of the fire two structures were considered at risk, but neither was damaged.

Meanwhile, the fire burning in Evesham Township in Burlington County remained Monday at just over a square mile (2.6 square kilometers) and 90% containment. Authorities have said no injuries were reported and the fire no longer poses a threat to the four structures that had been cited earlier.