Fire crews have arranged controlled burns to help contain the blaze and save at least 100 homes at risk on Road Stage 9.
He was first spotted around 4pm on Sunday.
Rob Gill of the New Jersey Forest Fire Department told Action News that the fire engulfed about 900 acres of land that divides between Ocean and Burlington counties.
The fire is zero percent, Jill said.
The sections of road 9 are forced to be closed. There are voluntary evacuations for residents in the area, with shelter set up at Pinelands Regional High School.
Helicopter 6 was overhead Sunday night as firefighters across the country worked to contain the blaze.
Officials reported about 70 firefighters from the New Jersey Fire Department in central and southern states fighting to control the blaze. About 1
Jill said the fire occurred early in the fire season.
“It varies depending on the piece of land where a fire could occur,” he said. “It will range from a quarter of an acre to a larger fire like this. It all depends on the land, the type of fuel, the terrain. There are several factors that determine the size of a fire.”
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Firefighters have begun what they call “incineration operations” where they light smaller, controlled fires in hopes of protecting homes along Stage Road and Offshore Manor Development on Route 9 in Little Egg Harbor.
“Which is the process by which we eliminate forest fuel on the ground from a safe area. In this situation, it’s a difficult road from the top all over the fire,” Gill said.
Residents are asked to avoid the area.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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