Firefighters are still battling a forest fire in the Bass River State Forest on Monday morning that continues to cast a smoky haze over towns along the border of Burlington and Ocean counties.
Parts of Route 9 remain closed and Little Egg Harbor police are advising motorists to avoid areas south Stage Road west of Otis Bog Road and Carolyn Drive.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office estimated the size of the fire at 1,000 acres on Monday morning and officials said no injuries have been reported.
An update wasn’t immediately on the size or how much the blaze is contained wasn’t available from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, which initially estimated the fire at 70 acres Sunday night.
The fire was east of the Garden State Parkway as of late Sunday, officials said. No rain is in the forecast for the next several days, according to forecasters. Winds will be light, though.
Evacuations in the area are voluntary, and the Pinelands Middle School was being used as a designated shelter for those wishing to leave the homes, the service said Sunday.
The fire was first spotted at about 4 p.m. from the forest fire service’s Bass River Fire Tower. No injuries have been reported.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service referred questions early Monday to the state Department of Environmental Protection, which said it planned an update for later this morning.
Jeff Goldman may be reached at [email protected].
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