Officials battling fire at popular hiking site at Delaware Water Gap

Crews worked through the night battling a fire that started in the February 23, 2020 in Worthington State Forest in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Hikers were asked to avoid a section of the recreation area as state and federal agencies responded, and hot spots remain early morning. The fire started on Mount Tammany off the popular Red Dot Trail on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap, according to a post by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, amid a sunny February day reaching the mid-50s.

Officials used air support in the evening to work on the blaze. The blaze was visible from I-80, which was backed up in both directions. The Appalachian Trail also passes nearby.

Visitors who were on the Red Dot and Blue Blazed trails were allowed to hike down, but both trails were closed in the afternoon to hikers heading up the mountain, according to the post.

Local crews and the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service initially dispatched to the area around 2:30 p.m. for a report of a brush fire, according to a post from the Knowlton Township Fire and Rescue Company.

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