A thick smell of smoke continues to travel throughout the Shore as a forest fire rages on in the Pine Barrens, primarily in Manchester. The wildfire, which broke out in the Woodmansie section of Woodland Township, Burlington County, burned nearly 1,000 acres of the Pinelands, with about 90 percent of that area in Manchester, according to Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection… New Jersey is abnormally dry for this time of year. In fact, New Jersey had an average rainfall of 2.18 inches, about 2.03 inches below normal. This August ranked as the 13th-driest statewide since 1895, according to state climatologist David A. Robinson… Robinson, a geography professor at Rutgers University, said this is the second "flash drought" – one that develops in four to eight weeks – since winter. Four-fifths of New Jersey, including Monmouth and Ocean counties, is now at least abnormally dry, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor update.
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