Fewer Homes In Danger From 617-Acre Wildfire

LITTLE EGG HARBOR – Fewer homes are in danger of being damaged by the 617-acre wildfire that has destroyed areas of Little Egg Harbor Township in Ocean County and Bass River State Forest in Burlington County, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service said.

  About 100 structures were originally at risk from the fire. Now it’s decreased to about 30 structures threatened. No evacuations, damage to structures, or injuries have been reported.

Photo courtesy Ocean County Sheriff’s Department

  On May 16, the fire was spotted around 4 p.m. from the Bass River Fire Tower. It was inside a large, forested area that has limited accessibility.

  Firefighters are working to keep the fire in one area by setting small, controlled fires around the main fire by Stage Road and the Offshore Manor Development along US Route 9. This method of controlled fires creates a buffer between structures and the main fire.

  At this time Stage Road, Otis Road and Munion Field Road will remain closed. The smoke is expected to be visible for some time as the fire smolders for several days.