Smoke drifting around state from 1,000-acre forest fire

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Firefighters are battling a large fire in a remote part of New Jersey's Wharton State Forest.

The 3,000-acre fire near the historic Batsto Village was about 60 percent contained by Friday and no injuries have been reported.

Robert Geist, a spokesman for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, says no homes or buildings are threatened by the fire. He says trails and the historic village are closed because of smoke and ash.

Smoke was drifting through parts of southern New Jersey. The Ocean County sheriff's office said it could be smelled 30 miles (48 km) away in Long Beach Island and people reported seeing smoke in Atlantic County as well.

About 50 firefighters from the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service and local fire departments are fighting the blaze Friday.

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