‘Major fire’ burns thousands of acres in South Jersey; smell of smoke reported in NYC

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BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. — A “major fire” burning in Burlington County has sent plumes of smoke over the area and forced a portion of Route 72 to close.

People from as far away as Manhattan and Bergen County, New Jersey, have reported to PIX11 that they smell smoke.

The fire burned around Route 72, west of Barnegat, as of Sunday morning, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, which described the fire as “major.”

Haze can be seen, and there is a smell of smoke, in parts of Monmouth County, the Sheriff’s Office tweeted.

Some 10,000 acres have burned since the fire was first reported around 2 p.m. Saturday, and the fire is 75 percent contained, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.

Route 72 remains closed near the fire.

The cause is under investigation.

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