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March 11, 2016

Wildfire in Pine Barrens blazes through 350 wooded acres

A wildfire in South Jersey’s Pine Barrens has burned about 350 acres near Sooy Road in Woodland Township since it began Thursday evening.

New Jersey Forest Fire crews had it about 75 percent contained as of Friday morning after setting containment fires to deprive the main blaze of new fuel.

While a few sprinkles fell Friday morning, the rain did not slow the fire in Penn State Forest.

No injuries are reported and homes have not so far been threatened, though smoke is persistent.

The area contains part of the Pineland National Preservation area, a habitat of wood and waterways.

It’s fire season in New Jersey. Earlier in the week 50 acres of woods burned in Evesham Township.

The fire service is doing prescribed burns throughout the state to try and eliminate as much potential fuel as possible.