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Wharton State Forest Fire: Crew fighting wildfires in Washington, Chamon, Hammonton, and Malika townships

Washington, NJ TWP (WPVI)-The New Jersey Forest and Fire Department continues its efforts to contain wildfires in the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County.

According to officials, the fire spread to Washington, Chamon, Hammonton, and Malika townships, reaching 7,200 acres. The flames are 45% contained, the Forest Fire Department said on Monday morning.

Forest fire brigade crew members will continue backfire work all day to assist in containment, officials say.

There are also some road closures.

  • Route 206-From Chu Road to Stokes Road
  • Route 542-From Greenbank Road to Columbia Road

Visitors are off limits to Buttst Village and all related hiking and mountain biking trails.

The Asion recreation area is also closed.

The Malika River Campground, Lower Forde Campground, Malika River Trail, and boat launches along the Malika River are closed from the Asion Recreation Area to Buttst Village.

These closures are valid until further notice.

Pineland’s Adventures has interrupted its kayaking and canoeing journey.

The Paradise Lake campsite has been evacuated.

Authorities say 18 buildings have been threatened.

“Structural protection is in place and is provided by local volunteer fire departments in the Atlantic, Burlington, and Sea counties. We thank them for their support,” said the Forest Fire Department.

No injuries have been reported.

The Forest Fire Department warns drone operators not to fly into the fire zone. “There are no drones in the fire zone. If you fly, you can’t fly!”

Officials say wildfires are fueled by dry, refreshing conditions.

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