Forest Fire at Wharton State Forest 60-Percent Contained

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The fire started Thursday night, July 21st, a seen here in a photo provided to SNJ Today courtesy of the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. 

Smoke from a fire burning in Burlington County is being seen throughout South Jersey on the morning of Friday, July 21st, as firefighters work to fully contain the blaze.

The Forest Fire Service is fighting a forest fire near Batsto Village and the Fire Tower at Wharton State Forest.

The fire is currently 60-percent contained.

No lives or properties are being threatened by the fire, according to officials, as the blaze is in a remote portion of the Wharton State Forest. 

Batsto Village and its Visitor Center are closed to visitors due to smoke in the area. 

All trails including the Batona Trail are currently closed. Campgrounds closed include Mullica River Camp, Lower Forge Camp, Hawkins Bridge Camp and Godfrey Bridge Camp.

These camps are not located in the fire zone, but are being affected by smoke and ash from the fire.

About 50 Forest Fire Service personnel are on the scene with support from NJSP, State Park Police, State Parks, State Conservation Officers, Washington Township OEM, Washington Township Emergency Services, and the Bass River Township Emergency Services, according to officials. 

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