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Wildfires in Southern New Jersey Pinelands, USA – April 7th, 2012

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April 7th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

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A plume of smoke from forest fires in the southern New Jersey Pinelands can be observed just right of the center of this image of the USA’s eastern seaboard. Two blazes in the area were expected to blacken 400 acres Friday before being contained, the state Forest Fire Service said.

The fires, burning either in or near the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Camden County, were not threatening any homes or property. There was no immediate word on what caused them. The bigger of the two fires was burning alongside the Atlantic City Expressway, but a strong wind was blowing smoke away from the roadway, which remained open.

The main fire was expected to burn 375 acres before it reaches the edge of containment areas set up on all four sides of it, he said. The smaller one had burned about 25 acres and was 100 percent contained by mid-afternoon. Barring any drastic wind shifts, the larger fire was expected to remain within the containment lines.

Smoke was visible as far away as Atlantic City, 30 miles to the east, and Trenton, 34 miles to the north. The fire service said conditions were perfect across the state for wildfires, with little rain in recent weeks, and strong winds fanning flames. The blazes came just days after the state issued forest fire danger alerts and restricted campfires in many places.

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