Forest Fire Exceeds 400 Acres – Investigation of Cause Underway

LITTLE EGG HARBOR: Wildfire Update From NJ Forest Fire Service Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area – Governor’s Branch Wildfire – Little Egg Harbor Township

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service has achieved 100 percent containment of a 418-acre wildfire off Route 539 in Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area.

Forest Fire Service staff will remain on scene overnight to continue improving containment lines and monitor the area to ensure public safety. Smoke conditions may remain for several hours.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

For a brief period on this afternoon 16 structures were threatened by the fire. Structure protection was provided by local volunteer fire companies from Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic counties. We thank them for their assistance.

No further updates are expected to be released for this incident.

Helpful Wildfire Terminology
🔥 Wildfire – An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.
🔥 Containment – When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.
🔥 Fireline – The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.
🔥 Threatened – Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire

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