SEE IT: Forest Fire Now 75% Contained

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Fire crews are continuing to battle the major forest fire that has charred thousands of acres in Penn State Forest in Burlington County, about 35 miles southwest of Lakewood.

Latest video from the Coyle Field staging area. Smoke is blowing north and can be seen as far as Monmouth County.

Posted by Ocean County Sheriff 911 on Saturday, March 30, 2019

As of Sunday morning, DEP officials said the fire was 50 percent contained, at about 8,000 acres.

Later Sunday afternoon, Governor Phil Murphy released a statement which said that the fire had consumed over 10,000 acres and was about 75% contained.

The fire sparked Saturday afternoon and smoke and haze was being experienced as far north as Passaic County Sunday. In Lakewood, many people reported seeing ash.

There were some voluntary evacuations Saturday night, but officials say no other evacuations are necessary at this time.

Officials say no one has been hurt and no structures have been burned.

According to News 12,the plan of attack right is for crews have to establish a perimeter, then let the fire burn out.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

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