Sunday’s forest fire leads to air quality alert

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Smoke from Sunday’s forest fire in Burlington County has prompted the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center to issue a air quality alert for the northern two-thirds of New Jersey./NWS Smoke from Sunday’s forest fire in Burlington County has prompted the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center to issue a air quality alert for the northern two-thirds of New Jersey./NWS Smoke from Sunday’s forest fire in Burlington County has prompted the National Weather Service Mount Holly Forecast Center to issue a air quality alert for the northern two-thirds of New Jersey.

The fire’s smoke caused foggy conditions this morning over the northern portions of Atlantic County, the National Weather Service said.

Fine particles are forecast to reach the unhealthy range for the sensitive groups category for people living in central and northern New Jersey due to the fire, the National Weather Service said.

“Sensitive individuals, including the young, elderly and person with respiratory diseases such as asthma, should avoid strenuous outdoor activity,” the National Weather Service said. “On shore winds and rain later in the day will improve conditions across the state and keep levels in the good/low moderate range in southern New Jersey.”

The air quality alert will expire at 6 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

The fire began at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6 about 3-5 miles northeast of Batsto Village, according to eyewitness reports. The fire crated a grayish-white cloud of heavy smoke that floated toward the northern sections of Atlantic County.

NBC40 reported that New Jersey Forest Fire officials said the fire had grown from 30-1,500 acres on Sunday evening.

No injuries or damage to residential or commercial buildings was reported.

The fire was located in a remote section of the Wharton State Forest and roughly halfway between state route 563 and 206.

 


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