Officials: Fireworks caused Wharton State Forest wildfire

Officials say a fireworks device was lit inside the forest and ignited the fire late Thursday. The Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower discovered the fire at 9 a.m. Friday.

Rose Shannon

Jul 7, 2024, 5:46 PM

Updated 16 days ago

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New Jersey Forest Fire Service officials said Sunday that fireworks caused the Tea Time Hill wildfire in Wharton State Forest near the Batona Campground and Apple Pie Hill.
Officials said the fire that had burned 4,000 acres was 75% contained as of 3 p.m. Sunday.
No homeowners have been asked to evacuated and no structures are threaten by the fire.
Tea Time Hill wildfire inside Wharton State Forest. (Photo courtesy: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
Tea Time Hill wildfire inside Wharton State Forest. (Photo courtesy: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
Tea Time Hill wildfire inside Wharton State Forest. (Photo courtesy: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection)
Officials say a fireworks device was lit inside the forest and ignited the fire late Thursday. The Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower discovered the fire at 9 a.m. Friday.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service led the investigation in collaboration with the New Jersey State Park Police, the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and the Burlington County Fire Marshal's Office.
Anyone with information is urged to New Jersey State Park Police tip line at 844-PARK-TIP (844-727-5847).


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