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: Driver Wanted After Jeep Plowed Into Family On Bronx Sidewalk; 'Car Sped Up To Hit Us,' Witness Says
The fire has now spread to 70 acres.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Looking For 2 Missing Teens From Lindenhurst
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: Gottlieb Says US Needs New Vaccine Strategy As Pace Of Shots Lags
Route 9 remains closed in the area due to heavy smoke.