Did you smell the smoke? NJ Wildfire Haze floated around the Philadelphia area today – NBC10 Philadelphia

Light smoke from a New Jersey state wildfire swept through much of the greater Philadelphia area on Wednesday after a change in wind direction pushed the plume west, and some residents from Pennsylvania could see the haze and smell it too.

Much of the wildfire, which broke out in Wharton State Forest on Sunday, was under control by Wednesday morning. Over the previous three days, flames have engulfed 13,500 acres of sparsely populated Burlington County Pinewoods.

But southeasterly winds started early Wednesday and pushed the smoke toward populated areas around Cherry Hill in southern Jersey and Philadelphia in southeast Pennsylvania. Light smoke created foggy conditions in the northwest Manayunk section of the city.

“If the fire is southeast, you’re going to smell smoke,” NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley said Wednesday morning. “The southeast wind is bringing the smoke inland. That wind will be with us this afternoon and evening as well.”

But Henley said stronger winds in the afternoon should clear the smoke further. He said no air quality alerts had been issued for the Philadelphia area, so health risks from smoke were of little concern.

Meanwhile, the wildfire itself is dying down, according to aerial views from the NBC10 Skyforce10 helicopter Wednesday morning. The video only shows a small part of the fire that is still burning. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service said Tuesday that firefighters have made “substantial progress” in containing the flames.

Skyforce10 photographer Jeremy Haas said even after most of the blaze appeared to be extinguished, the area of ​​forest that had burned in the previous three days was still smoldering. He said smoke was still rising from the area where the flames were no longer visible.

“It almost looks like a mist coming out of the trees,” Haas said.

Photos: Massive NJ Wildfire is the second largest in the state since 2007

An illegal campfire deep in the woods has been determined to be the cause of the massive New Jersey wildfire, officials said Wednesday.

While officials have said they are confident they can stop it from spreading substantially, residents of South Jersey can expect to see smoke next week as firefighters continue to put out fires. hot spots.

All road closures have been lifted and the recreation area of ​​Atsion and the village of Batsto have reopened. Hiking trails between Atsion and Batsto remain closed due to active fire activity. Kayaking and canoeing along the Mullica and Batsto rivers remain closed between Atsion and Batsto. Wharton State Forest’s Mullica River Campground remains closed.

The Forest Fire Department said the blaze is the second-largest wildfire in the Garden State since 2007.

On Tuesday morning, a thick layer of white smoke could be seen covering the air above the burning forest.

Firefighters have begun making progress in containing a massive blaze in the Wharton State Forest in New Jersey that has been burning for more than 36 hours. NBC10’s Brian Sheehan has the story.

The blaze, which was fueled by dry and windy conditions, started just after 6 a.m. on Sunday morning in a remote part of the forest along the Mullica River in the Pine Barrens area. On Monday morning, thick white smoke and flames could be seen as firefighters continued a blowback operation to contain the blaze, which spanned areas of Washington, Shamong, Hammonton and Mullica townships.

New Jersey’s General Forest Fire Act requires that before having a fire in a wooded area, citizens must contact the nearest Forest Fire Department office to apply for a permit. They may also need a permit from the local fire official or the NJ Division of Fire Safety. .

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service defines a wildfire as an uncontrolled fire that burns the various types of vegetation that cover the terrain. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” when it exceeds 100 acres.

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