Ocean County Wildfire Under Control After Burning 1,600+ Acres

At 8 a.m. Sunday, the New Jersey Forest Fire Service achieved 100 percent containment of a 1,607-acre wildfire in Little Egg Harbor Twp., Ocean County, which burned portions of Bass River State Forest, the Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area and the Warren Grove Bombing Range.

Forest Fire Service staff will remain on scene to continue improving containment lines and monitor the area to ensure public safety. While portions of the state received substantial rainfall overnight, the area of the fire only received 0.04 inches of precipitation.

✅ Route 539 has reopened. Please use caution when driving in the area as firefighters may periodically conduct work along the roadside. Smoke conditions may remain for several days.

A February 27 prescribed burn completed at the Warren Grove Bombing Range by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service played a key role in stopping the forward progression and containing the wildfire.

No residential structures were threatened by the fire and there were no evacuations.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported.

No further updates are expected to be released for this incident.

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