Illegal campfire caused massive Mullica River Fire in New Jersey, officials say

  • Source: WWOR-TV FOX 9 Secaucus
  • Published: 06/22/2022 12:00 AM

Officials say a massive wildfire that has consumed a New Jersey state forest for more than three days was caused by an illegal campfire. The blaze broke out at Wharton State Forest Sunday morning, quickly spreading from 50 to 13,500 acres as of Tuesday. Officials said it had the potential to become the "largest wildfire in the state of New Jersey in 15 years." Firefighters are still battling to keep the fire under control. However, officials say it is now 95 percent contained, and are confident it will stay within their 15,175-acre containment area. An illegal, unattended campfire has been determined as the cause of the wildfire after it was found near the origin of the wildfire, according to officials. The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has launched an investigation into the campfire.


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