On Friday, a significant portion of the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey remained closed as firefighters battled a 5,000-acre forest fire that was pouring dense plumes of smoke.
On Wednesday evening, a fire started in the Bass River State Forest in southern New Jersey’s Burlington and Ocean counties.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service reported that it was 50 percent controlled and no longer posing a threat to any buildings or residential areas as of Friday morning, despite the fact that about 40 people were forced to leave a campground on Thursday as a precaution and the location was still closed on Friday.
Authorities were still investigating what started the wildfire.
A second 158-acre fire broke out in Monroe’s White Oaks Wildlife Management Area on Monday night and continued on Tuesday.