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Wildfire Update: Manchester Township, New Jersey

WILDFIRE UPDATE: Manchester Township – Jimmy’s Waterhole Fire

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service continues to make substantial progress in containing a wildfire in Manchester Township on federal, state and private property which has reached 3,859 acres in size and is 75% contained.

Structures are no longer threatened.

ROAD CLOSURE UPDATE Horicon Ave reopened at 9 p.m. Beckerville East Road and Beckerville West Road reopened at 9 p.m.

Forest Fire Service personnel will continue working to improve containment lines on Route 539, Route 70, Horicon Ave and Beckerville road. Please stay vigilant when driving through smoke conditions as firefighters may be working on the side of the road.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

----------------------- Helpful Wildfire Terminology Wildfire - An uncontrolled fire burning the different types of vegetation that cover the land. A wildfire is considered a “major wildfire” after it exceeds 100 acres in size.

Containment - When reporting on a wildfire a percentage of containment will be given, which will state how much of the fireline has been completed.

Backfire - A fire intentionally set along the interior edge of a fireline by Forest Fire Service staff to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire and/or to change the direction of force of a fire’s convection column.

Fireline - The part of a containment or control line that is scraped or dug to mineral soil.

Threatened - Critical infrastructure, roads, homes and commercial buildings that are in the vicinity of a wildfire.