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Firefighters battle massive blaze in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest – NBC10 Philadelphia

Firefighters battle massive blaze in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest – NBC10 Philadelphia

Firefighters battle massive blaze in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest – NBC10 Philadelphia

Firefighters are working to extinguish a wildfire that is burning about 100 acres of the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, New Jersey, on Friday afternoon.

According to officials, the Batona Campground in Wharton State Forest has been evacuated. The Batona Trail is also closed between Route 532 and Carranza Road and Tulpehocken is closed from Apple Pie Hill to Hawkins Bridge.

Two structures are threatened, a hunting club and a residential structure, according to authorities.

“Crews are using a backfire operation to burn fuel ahead of the main body of the fire, which will assist in containment efforts,” officials said in a social media post.

Authorities are asking everyone to avoid the area at this time and people should not fly drones in the fire zones.

Local roads in Wharton State Forest are closed. Later today, officials said Carranza Road will close from Carranza Memorial to Speedwell Road at Friendship Field.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.