Smell Smoke? It May Be From A 4,000 Acre Wildfire Burning in New Jersey [UPDATED – Fire Ignited by Fireworks]

A 4,000 Acre Wildfire burning in Tabernacle Township, Burlington County, is sending the smell of smoke miles away.

According to the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, the Tea Time Wildfire started Friday morning near the Batona Campground.

As of 8:30 PM this evening, the fire is at 4,000 acres and is 65% contained. No structures are currently threatened by the fire.

UPDATE – Sunday:

WILDFIRE UPDATE: Tea Time Hill Wildfire – Wharton State Forest – Tabernacle Twp, Burlington County

Fireworks have been identified as the cause of the Tea Time Hill Wildfire, which is burning near the Batona Campground and Apple Pie Hill in Wharton State Forest. 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. A fireworks device lighted inside the forest ignited the fire late Thursday, July 4, and the Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower discovered the fire shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, July 5. Anyone with further information about the fire that could aid in the investigation is urged to call the New Jersey State Park Police tip line at 844-PARK-TIP (844-727-5847).

The New Jersey State Park Police reminds visitors to New Jersey’s state parks, forests and recreation areas that fireworks are strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, beaches, campgrounds, fields and forested areas. If you observe illegal or suspicious activity while visiting New Jersey’s state parks, forests or historic sites, please report the activity to DEP Dispatch at 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337) or 9-1-1.


🔥 Size: 4,000 acres
🔥 Containment: 65%

✅ 0 structures threatened

⚠️ The Batona Campground in Wharton State Forest has been evacuated
✅ No residential structures have been evacuated

⚠️ The Batona Trail is closed between Route 532 and Carranza Road
⚠️ The Tulpehocken Trail is closed from Apple Pie Hill to Hawkins Bridge

⚠️ Local Wharton State Forest road closures
⚠️ Carranza Road is closed from the Carranza Memorial to Speedwell Road at Friendship Field

🚒 Forest Fire Service ground crews continue to monitor and combat the wildfire around the clock. Earlier today, an observation helicopter and another helicopter capable of dropping 300 gallons of water were utilized in the firefighting efforts.

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  1. Chain-Smoking Cabbie From NJ Insists The Smoke Smell Inside His Cab Is From a 4000 Acre Wildfire Burning In Japan
    Lakewood cab driver, Sam Ashman, a chain smoker, who typically smokes 10-12 packs of cigarettes per day, reassured customers on Friday that the strong smell of smoke permeating his cab was not coming from the cigarettes he was smoking, but rather was the result of a 4,000 acre wildfire burning nearly 7,000 miles away, in a huge forest in Tokyo, Japan.
    “I can see you’re having a difficult time breathing in all of that Tokyo smoke,” he told a passenger who was experiencing extreme respiratory distress.
    The chain-smoking cabbie then pulled out an oxygen mask from his glove compartment, strapped it on the passenger’s nose and proceeded to light up his 94th cigarette of the day.
    “Trust me, I know how you’re feeling right now,” he told the physically distressed passenger, “because this wildfire smoke has been filling up my lungs the last couple of days, and it’s making life miserable for me. Sadly, no matter how many times I reach out to the Tokyo arsonists and beg them to put out those wildfires, it doesn’t help; they just keep lighting more wildfires and pumping in more smoke into my taxi.”
    “Let’s face it,” he said, “those wildfire perps couldn’t care less about my lungs or your lungs, as long as they’re able to satisfy their pyromania addicitions.”
    “I just wish someone would convince them to stop lighting those wildfires, because I can no longer breathe in the smoke, and neither can you!” he told the passenger before turning his head towards him and realizing that the passenger had already passed out from the smoke.
    “Can I offer you some smelling salt?” he asked the semi conscious passenger as he proceeded to light up his 95th cigarette of the day. “Or maybe you’d like a cigarette? Cigarettes usually do the trick for me when I’m in need of a boost or a quick breather.”

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