Pinelands Wildfire That Burned Over 11,000 Acres of Land Now 100 Percent Contained

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BURLINGTON COUNTY -

A wildfire that started over the weekend in the Pinelands is now 100% contained.

On Monday, April 1st, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced that the fire has been contained and that all the roads around the fire are now open.

“The fire is 100 percent contained and the crews on the ground have done terrific work,” McCabe said. “The Forest Fire Service has been working around the clock all weekend to safeguard the areas around the fire. This fire could have been much worse had it not been for the critical work the Forest Fire Service does throughout the year using prescribed burns to eliminate fuels that can cause wildfires.”

How the fire started is currently under investigation, but fire officials have ruled out prescribed burning, power lines, and lightning as causes. They are asking for the public's help for more information about the fire.

The blaze consumed 11,638 acres of land in the Pinelands.

There were no injuries, property damage or evacuations.

The fire started on Saturday, March 30th in a remote section of Penn State Forest in Burlington County. The Cedar Bridge and Apple Pie Hill fire towers detected the fire and dispatched units to fight the wildfire.

All tips will be kept confidential and may be called into New Jersey State Police Detective Sgt. Shaun Georggson at the Tuckerton barracks, (609) 296-3132.

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