Statement from Commissioner Jonathan Young on Medford Township Wildfire

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The statement below is by Commissioner Jonathan Young in regard to the impacts on the air quality in Camden County from the still burning Medford Township wildfire.  

 “In some parts of central and southern Camden County this morning, residents may have woken up to the smell of smoke and seen small flickers of ash from the Flatiron Wildfire. That said, the Camden County Office of Emergency Management has been monitoring the situation in Medford Township through their peers in Burlington County and the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. The last report we received is what started out as a brush fire has grown into a working wildfire encompassing about 180 acres. Our latest report was that the fire was approximately 60% contained now and the fire service was making good progress. Nevertheless, the fire is not physically near our county, but the wind has carried some of the smell and ash our way.

That said, tonight, depending on the force and trajectory of the wind, residents may continue to smell more smoke during the shifting atmospheric conditions. Based on that, know that the source of the forest fire is far away, and that Camden County is not under any threat. We will continue to monitor this situation and brief the public if more pertinent information is relayed back to us from our partners.