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Crews making progress battling Delaware Water Gap fire

Fire visible from Route 80 Sunday night (Photo: Knowlton Township Fire & Rescue Company)

Firefighters from both sides of the Delaware river are making progress in their struggle against a forest fire that began around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in a popular recreation area near the Pennsylvania border.

The “Rock Face Wildfire” is split between Worthington State Forest and the New Jersey side of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and has consumed at least 80 acres thus far.

The Morning Call reported Monday afternoon that the fire was 80% contained.

Firefighters expect to be on scene through the week, and say that rain predicted to begin Tuesday will help their efforts.

Trail closures are in effect on the Mt. Tammany Red Dot Trail and the Pahaquarry Trail. The Dunnfield Creek parking lot, which provides access to the AppalachianTrail, is also closed, according to the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.

Officials said the cause of the fire is still unknown and under investigation.

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