Huge Pinelands forest fire ranks among N.J.’s 20 biggest wildfires on record

A big wildfire that began raging in Wharton State Forest on Sunday and was still burning as of late Wednesday, pushing smoke across southern New Jersey and into the Philadelphia suburbs, has burned about 13,500 acres, according to state officials.

As bad as that is, New Jersey has been scorched by even bigger fires on at least 16 occasions dating back to the 1920s. And some of those fires have resulted in deaths and widespread property damage.

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