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Forest Fire Burning In Southern New Jersey

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Crews are battling a forest fire in a remote section of southern New Jersey’s Hamilton Township, west of Atlantic City.

The state Forest Fire Service says the fire broke out around 7 a.m. and was spotted by an airplane.

It took an hour to get men and equipment to the fire site, where they’re using bulldozers and fire trucks to fight it.

The fire service says about 50 acres have burned so far.

Officials expect between 100 to 150 acres will burn before the fire is contained.

No homes or businesses are near the fire, which is burning between the Black Horse Pike and the Atlantic City Expressway. So far, smoke from the blaze has not affected traffic on either roadway.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)