Residents in Burlington and Camden counties can expect a smoke condition stemming from the Dragway Wildfire burning in Wharton State Forest to continue. Communities most impacted by the smoke include Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes and Shamong in Burlington County and Berlin, Voorhees and Waterford in Camden County.
The smoke condition is being caused by the fire burning down into the duff layer of soil – this is especially common with summer fires. Additionally, higher humidity in the evening and overnight hours is causing the smoke to lay low to the ground. Smoke is expected to remain present until significant rain falls over the fire area.
The Dragway Wildfire sparked in the area of Jackson Road and the old Atco Dragway in Wharton State Forest on August 20. The fire was declared 100% contained on August 23, and remains 100% contained. The fire is not a threat to any homes or other structures.
New Jersey Forest Fire Service crews remain on scene to improve containment lines, mop-up hotspots along the fire perimeter and monitor the fire area. Motorists traveling through the area should keep an eye out for firefighters and fire vehicles that may be working on the roadsides.
It is recommended that area residents with respiratory conditions keep windows closed and limit outdoor activity.
As always, if ever in doubt about the source of smoke or fire, call 9-1-1 or 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).