Authorities in Camden County are responding to reports of a significant wildfire in Waterford, New Jersey, Your Content is learning.
Tuesday August 22
Update 11:00 a.m.: The New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) reports significant progress in containing the “Dragway Wildfire” near Atco Dragway in Wharton State Forest, Camden County. Currently, the wildfire spans 1,500 acres, with containment efforts successfully reaching 85%. While the containment area now includes parts of Medford and Shamong in Burlington County, no structures are under threat, and there have been no evacuations. Jackson Road remains closed for safety, and the public is urged not to fly drones in the affected areas to ensure the safety and efficiency of firefighting operations. (Read Article)
Monday August 21
Update 4:28 p.m.: The NJFFS reports the fire has grown to 1,200 acres with 40% containment. Crews are advancing and strengthening control lines as the blaze crosses into Burlington County. (Read Article)
Update 10:08 a.m.: The NJFFS reports that the fire has expanded to 600 acres with 10% containment, now affecting parts of Medford and Shamong in Burlington County. Crews are employing backfiring operations to manage the blaze effectively. (Read Article)
Sunday August 20
Update 10:41 p.m.: The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has reported that the fire has grown to 200 acres and is currently 5% contained.
Update 7:01 p.m.: The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has reported that the fire now covers over 100 acres, classifying it as a major blaze. While the fire is 0% contained, no structures are currently at risk, and crews are enhancing fire lines and initiating backfiring operations.
Initial Report: According to preliminary details from police dispatch communications, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) units responded to a brush fire this afternoon on the 1000 block of Jackson Road. The fire was located between the Atco drag strip and the Mullica River. Observations from the Medford fire tower suggested a notable spread and intensity of the flames.
Sometime shortly after 5 p.m. today, the NJFFS described the fire as being large with a potential for further expansion. In response, an observation helicopter from the NJFFS was dispatched from Coyle Field to monitor the situation from the skies.
Currently, no updates regarding the containment efforts or potential property damage have been released.
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