TABERNACLE, N.J. (AP) — Firefighters in southern New Jersey are battling a large brush fire that has spread to 600 acres and could reach 1,000.
Assistant state Fire Warden Steve Maurer says 10 percent of the fire has been contained.
The blaze began in the early morning hours Monday in the Burlington County towns of Tabernacle and Woodland.
Maurer says firefighters lit a backfire to get the blaze away from about 25 homes, but said the homes still could be affected.
The fire is the second major brush fire in southern New Jersey in less than a week. Last week two fires burned 400 acres in Winslow Township, about 20 miles southwest of Monday's blaze. Officials say those likely were set deliberately.
Dry weather and high winds are contributing to the fires.
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