Investigators Say NJ Forest Fire Caused By Humans

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Investigators say a forest fire that burned more than 11,600 acres of the New Jersey Pinelands was caused by human activity in an area known for illegal bonfires.

However, the state Forest Fire Service stopped short of saying whether the blaze was deliberately set or caused accidentally, saying an investigation is ongoing. The fire was declared to be 100 percent contained on Monday morning.

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.

Fire officials are asking anyone who may have seen people in the area of Spring Hill Road near the woods around 12 p.m. on March 30 to call New Jersey State Police at 609-296-3132.

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