At least five major forest fires in central and southern New Jersey have taken out 2,800 acres of woodland since Wednesday.
New Jersey has taken possession of some 5,000 acres of open space in Atlantic County, one of the largest such acquisitions in state history.
State officials say smoke from the area may be affecting traffic on the Black Horse Pike and the Atlantic City Expressway, which border the area.
The southern pine beetle has been tunneling its way through South Jersey’s pine forests for at least 11 years. Last year wasn’t as bad as had been expected.
Dozens of firefighters are battling a blaze in the Wharton State Forest in Burlington County, NJ.