Firefighters ‘all but contained’ Appalachian Trail blaze

The forest around Mount Tammany glowed as parts of the popular hiking trail went up in smoke. (Photo: NBC New York)

Fire officials in New Jersey have disclosed that a forest blaze affecting a popular hiking area Mount Tammany was almost completely contained by Tuesday (Feb. 25) morning.

Mount Tammany, crossed by the iconic Appalachian Trail and a major interstate highway, went up in flames on Sunday – with firefighters working around the clock to control the inferno.

The area forms a steep, rugged part of the Worthington State Forest and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the New Jersey-Pennsylvania border.

While no injuries have been reported, roughly 80 acres were burnt in total.

A cause for the fire had not been determined, but officials were confident that the blaze’s 95% containment would hold until expected rain showers pass through the area between today into Wednesday to soak any remaining hot spots.

The Appalachian Trail crosses through the recreation area and remains open.