(Updated at 3:04 p.m. EDT March 31, 2019)
The wildfire burning in New Jersey in the Penn State Forest in Burlington County near the Ocean County border has grown to about 10,000 acres, fire officials said at 2:45 p.m on Sunday. Firefighters have been conducting burnout operations out ahead of the fire to remove the fuel and slow down the blaze.
Route 72 is still closed.
(Updated at 1:25 a.m. EDT, March 31, 2019)
Officials in New Jersey said Sunday morning that the Spring Hill Fire in the Pinelands had grown to about 8,000 acres. Route 72 west of Route 539 in Barnegat remains closed while firefighters are working in the area.
(Updated at 8:53 a.m. EDT March 31, 2019)
A fire that started at 1:45 Saturday afternoon in the New Jersey Pinelands had burned approximately 5,000 acres by 10 p.m. Pushed by strong winds out of the south-southwest at 10 mph gusting up to 25 mph it ran to the north and northeast forcing authorities to close Route 72 west of Barnegat. The fire started in the Penn State Forest in Burlington County near the Ocean County border when the relative humidity was 33 percent.
Satellite imagery showed that the fire was still very active throughout the night into early Sunday morning, especially at 4:22 a.m. EST. Later, clouds moved in and obscured the view.
It started in an area in which there are few structures.
The weather forecast calls for a 60 to 70 percent chance of showers Saturday night and Sunday.
The video below was shot by the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office on March 30.
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Taken in Downtown TR from forest fire in New Jersey. So far over 5000 acres are gone. pic.twitter.com/cOTorBzmOq
— The Notorious Brandon (@brandonthadon_) March 31, 2019
A crescent moon rises over lower Manhattan in New York City Sunday morning. Smoke from a forest fire in New Jersey was in the air as the sun rose.#newyork #newyorkcity #nyc @OneWTC #moon @agreatbigcity pic.twitter.com/EWPBVLfgWE
— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn) March 31, 2019