Forest fire has burned 1,000 acres in NJ, officials say


A large forest fire burned in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey late Sunday, May 16, 2021. (Ocean County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook)

LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (PIX11) — Firefighters in New Jersey continued to battle a large wildfire Monday morning that burned through the night in a state park along the Jersey Shore, officials said.

The fire was first spotted around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bass River State Forest in Little Egg Harbor Township, according to the Ne Jersey Forest Fire Service.

By Monday morning, the fire had burned over 1,000 acres of land, according to the Ocean County’s Sheriff’s Office. The size of the blaze was not immediately known Monday, but officials late Sunday night estimated it to have grown to about 70 acres by 11:30 p.m.

Approximately 100 structures were at risk and the Pinelands Middle School is a designated shelter, authorities said. Evacuation was voluntary and additional firefighters were at the scene to protect property, the NJ Forest Fire Service said.

No injuries had been reported as of Monday morning and the cause of the blaze was not known.

The massive fire comes just two months after a forest fire in the same New Jersey county burned at least 167 acres of land and destroyed dozens of homes in the Lakewood area. Ocean County officials in March said they believed that fire had been intentionally set. No arrests had been made at the time of the announcement.

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