June 20, 2022
The New Jersey Forest Fire Department reports that it is making substantial progress in containing a wildfire in the Wharton State Forest – Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica Townships – that has reached 12,000 acres and is 70% under control.
Just after noon yesterday June 19, 2022 the fire was reported at 100 acres and the wildfire grew to 12,000 acres in a short time.
Route 206 – Chew Road to Atsion Road
Route 542 – Green Bank Road to Columbia Road
The village of Batsto and all associated hiking and mountain biking trails are closed to visitors. The Atsion recreation area is also closed. Mullica River Campground, Lower Forge Campground, Mullica River Trail and boat launches along the Mullica River are closed from Atsion Recreation Area to Village of Batsto. These closures will remain in effect until further notice. Pinelands Adventures has suspended kayak and canoe tours.
18 structures are threatened. Protection for the structure is in place and provided by the local Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean Counties Volunteer Fire Departments, we thank them for their assistance. There are no reported injuries.
Motorists in the area should remain cautious of smoke and watch for firefighters and fire engines that may be working on nearby roads. Smoke impacts will remain high well into the evening as winds subside and partial cloud cover moves over the area.
Please remember, “No drones in fire zones – If YOU fly, WE can’t!”
Local volunteer fire companies in Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean counties protected 18 structures from the blaze. These photos are from the Basto region. Photos by: Michael Kamer
The plume of smoke from the Mullica River Fire is visible on National Weather Service radar.
The National Weather Service’s GOES-16 satellite is designed to help detect fires. While mostly small wildfires are not uncommon in our area, a satellite signature like this is highly unusual here according to the National Weather Service.