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.READ MORE: Caught On Video: Gunman Opens Fire On Staten Island
The fire has now spread to 70 acres.READ MORE: New York Poised To Lift Most COVID Restrictions As Vaccination Rate Hovers Around 70%
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.MORE NEWS: Results Are In: New Yorkers Rank Pepperoni As Top Pizza Topping
Route 9 remains closed in the area due to heavy smoke.