Firefighters Battle Two Wildfires in Southern New Jersey (PHOTOS) | The Weather


Smoke rises from a forest fire in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Firefighters were making progress against the blaze that had burned hundreds of acres of the New Jersey Pinelands. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)Smoke rises from a forest fire in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Firefighters were making progress against the blaze that had burned hundreds of acres of the New Jersey Pinelands. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Smoke rises from a forest fire in Little Egg Harbor, N.J., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Firefighters were making progress against the blaze that had burned hundreds of acres of the New Jersey Pinelands. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Two wildfires are scorching the Pinelands of southern New Jersey, and one has burned close to one and a half square miles as of Tuesday.

Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire near Little Egg Harbor, dubbed the Ballanger Fire after a nearby creek, which began on Sunday, and a second wildfire broke out in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in Pemberton, New Jersey, about 25 miles from Philadelphia.

The Ballanger Fire burned nearly one and a half square miles and was threatening close to 100 structures at one point on Monday, but the number of threatened structures dropped to 30 by Monday afternoon, CNN reported. According to NJ.com, the fire was 75% contained by Monday night.

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The Turkey Buzzard Fire was 50% contained by Tuesday morning, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

No injuries have been reported in either fire, and the fires are under investigation.

According to NJ.gov, the New Jersey Pinelands, often referred to as the Pine Barrens, are fire prone due to the presence of highly flammable vegetation, accumulation of dry forest litter and dry soil conditions. A brush fire, which officials later said was intentionally set, damaged homes and buildings and injured a firefighter at the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens in Ocean County in March of this year.

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