Sunday, October 1, 2023
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Sunday, October 1, 2023

Wildfire Spreads to 600 Acres in New Jersey, Containment Efforts Underway




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A wildfire, dubbed the “Dragway Wildfire,” has erupted in the vicinity of Jackson Rd, east of Atco Raceway in Wharton State Forest, New Jersey, Your Content has learned.

As of the latest update, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service (NJFFS) reports that the fire has expanded to 600 acres and is currently 10% contained.

The fire’s rapid spread has led to its containment area encompassing parts of Medford and Shamong in Burlington County. The NJFFS has been actively working on the scene, employing backfiring operations to burn fuel ahead of the main body of fire. This strategy is expected to continue throughout the day.

“Authorities in Camden County are responding to reports of a significant wildfire in Waterford, New Jersey”. Additionally, a tweet from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, stated: “Dragway Wildfire – Wharton State Forest – Jackson Rd – Waterford Twp, Camden is on scene of a wildfire burning in the area of Jackson Rd. and the Atco Dragway in the Wharton SF. The wildfire is 200 acres in size and is 5% contained.”

As Your Content readers know, the fire was initially spotted in the afternoon on the 1000 block of Jackson Road, situated between the Atco drag strip and the Mullica River. Observations from the Medford fire tower indicated a significant spread and intensity of the flames.

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In response to the growing threat, an observation helicopter from the NJFFS was dispatched from Coyle Field to monitor the situation from above. As of now, there have been no updates regarding potential property damage or further containment efforts.

The situation remains fluid as NJFFS crews continue their efforts to contain the wildfire. The community is advised to stay updated on the situation and take necessary precautions. The cause of the fire and its potential long-term implications remain to be determined.

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