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A massive wildfire is burning in southern New Jersey, torching roughly 900 acres and threatening at least 100 homes, according to local reports.
The blaze was first spotted Sunday afternoon in Bass River State Forest in Little Egg Harbor Township, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.
Firefighters responding to the scene announced voluntary evacuations in a Facebook post.
Parts of Route 9 closed “due to smoke that will be prevalent throughout the area,” the New Jersey Forest Fire Service wrote on Facebook.
According to ABC6 Action News, the fire was 0% contained. Firefighters were setting controlled burns to try to get the wildfire under control.
About 220 firefighters have responded to the blaze.
People have been instructed to avoid the area, a Facebook post from the New Jersey Forest Fire Service says.
No injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation, ABC6 reported.
In an attempt to protect the 100 structures that remain susceptible, firefighters are conducting burnout operations by setting smaller and controlled fires, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.