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Massive Wildfire’s Smoke, Odor Detected In South Jersey Communities


NEW JERSEY- A massive wildfire in a state forest is affecting South Jersey, with smoke visible and odors detectable across the region. The Tea Time Hill Wildfire, ignited by a fireworks device on July 4th, has burned 4,000 acres and is 75 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. Though in a remote area of Wharton State Forest, the fire poses no risk to homes or properties.

Smoke and odors have been reported by fire departments in Cinnaminson, 35 miles northwest, and Lindenwold, 30 miles west. “The winds have shifted, causing smoke and odors in our area,” noted the Lindenwold Fire Department. Residents concerned about the smoke are advised to call 911.

Wildfire smoke occasionally travels to populated areas, as seen last summer with another Wharton State Forest fire. Officials recommend that people with respiratory issues keep windows closed and avoid strenuous outdoor activities. The wildfire is near the Batona Campground and Apple Pie Hill, prompting evacuations and trail closures in the Pinelands National Reserve. Roadways in Wharton State Forest, including Carranza Road, are shut down.

Most New Jersey wildfires are human-caused, and climate change is expected to worsen wildfire conditions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Tea Time Hill Fire is under investigation, and tips can be reported to the New Jersey State Park Police tip line at 844-PARK-TIP.




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