Wharton State Forest Wildfire
WASHINGTON TWP., NJ (WPVI) — Crews in South Jersey are working to contain a raging wildfire burning in the Wharton State Forest.
Authorities say the fire has burned at least 2,100 acres in Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica townships. The fire is 20% contained, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Sunday night.
Batsto Village and all associated hiking and mountain biking trails are closed to visitors.
Mullica River Campground, Mullica River Trail, and boat launches along the Mullica River are closed from Atsion Recreation Area to Batsto Village.
These closures will remain in effect until further notice.
Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe trips and Paradise Lakes Campground has been evacuated due to fire.
There are also several road closures in place:
- Route 206: From Chew Road to Stokes Road (beginning at 12 am)
- Route 542: From Green Bank Road to Columbia Road
No injuries have been reported.
Authorities say the wildfire is being fueled by dry and windy conditions.