Watch: Forest Fire in Woodland Township Burns 5000+ Acres

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A fire fueled by high winds ripped through at least 5,000 acres of state forest in the Pinelands on Saturday and was 10 percent contained by late in the evening, officials said.

The fire, which sent plumes of black smoke visible in several counties, was reported at 1:45 p.m. in Penn State Forest in Woodland Township, Burlington County, near the Ocean County border, said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, which includes the state Forest Fire Service.

Multiple sources tell GreaterLakewood, the smell of fire is quite strong and can be smelled from as far as Staten Island.

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