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Camden County Forest Fire Continues To Burn

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WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – Crews have contained about half of a 200-plus acre fire that continues to burn deep in the Wharton State Forest in South Jersey.

The fire started Thursday afternoon in a campground located on the border between Waterford Township, Camden County and Shamong Township, Burlington County.

Smoke can be seen from as far away as Atlantic City.

Regional Forest Fire Warden Greg McLaughlin says his main concern now is for the crews on site.

“The high temperatures and the high humidity make it very difficult for fire fighters to work. So we’re going to continue to rotate our crews.”

A swamp that is on one side of the blaze is helping to keep the fire contained.

The campground is far away from any homes and no injuries are reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is not expected to be of a suspicious nature.

McLaughlin expects to be dealing with hot spots through the weekend.

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