By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A major wildfire is burning in Southern New Jersey, with buildings at risk and evacuations underway.

Flames were first spotted around 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bass River State Forest in Little Egg Harbor Township.

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The fire has now spread to 70 acres.

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Officials are trying to protect approximately 100 structures in the area.

Evacuations are voluntary, and a local middle school has been set up as a shelter.

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Route 9 remains closed in the area due to heavy smoke.

CBSNewYork Team