New details as forest fire now 10,000 acres, smoke spreads

Pinelands forest forest 2019

TOM DAVIS / PATCH.COM – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy warned that the forest fire raging through much of the state on Sunday expanded to 10,000 acres while smoke continued to travel west and north.

Murphy said the fire was 75 percent contained as of late Sunday and first responders were working quickly to limit further expansion. Routes 72 and 539 in Ocean County were reopened in both directions as the fire continued to rage in Burlington County, just over the border from Stafford and Barnegat townships.

Police and fire departments across the state were advising people about the smell of smoke outside their windows, and to seek safety where necessary …

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