An out-of-control wildfire has scorched about 900 acres and is threatening buildings near Little Egg Harbor Township. The inferno was getting dangerously close to about 100 structures near the coastal township north of Atlantic City. Voluntary evacuations have been announced, and Pinelands Middle School is being used as a shelter.
The wildfire near Little Egg Harbor Township was first spotted Sunday around 4 p.m. E.T. It’s burning in an area with limited accessibility inside the Bass River State Forest. To help protect some of the structures, fire personnel are conducting burnout operations by setting small, controlled fires in some areas along Route 9, which is closed because of smoke.
In New Jersey, peak wildfire season lasts from mid-March through May. Accidents, negligence, or arson cause nearly all blazes.
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