- Associated Press - Saturday, July 22, 2017

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A fire in a remote part of New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest continues to burn, but officials say it is now fully contained.

The 3,500-acre fire near the historic Batsto Village continued to burn Saturday, but the state Department of Environmental Protection said it was 100 percent contained.

Robert Geist, a spokesman for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, says no homes or buildings are threatened by the fire.

The village was open to visitors on Saturday, but some trails remain closed.

Smoke drifted through parts of southern New Jersey on Friday while the fire burned. 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.

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