Smelling Smoke Today? It’s Coming From New Jersey

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Sorry, allergy sufferers (and everyone else).

There’s an early morning report that a mysterious fire has popped up in New Jersey’s Wharton State Forest and easterly winds have sent some of the resultant smoke our way.

The forest fire has taken over 30 acres of the 122,880 acre park, which sits 90 miles south of Midtown, but just close enough to our fair borough, Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. So, if the 7mph east-southeast winds pick up, we’ll get the brunt of it.

As of 4 a.m., the fire was contained though not extinguished and smoke may be visible until 8 p.m. tonight. While the cause of the fire is as-yet-unknown, the good news is that no one was hurt and no buildings were damaged. For updates, head over to NotifyNYC’s Twitter.

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