In a statement on Facebook, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst warned residents and commuters of the blaze, which broke out at around 2:30 p.m. afternoon on Wednesday near Fort Dix.
Fires have been raging at the base and the neighboring Browns Mills section of Pemberton Township for several days, according to published reports and that of residents’ Facebook Posts.
Some area police departments put out an alert Sunday night after several emergency agencies throughout the region received calls about the odor, police said.
In the past several days, smoke plumes and odors have crept from the base to the Jersey Shore, getting attention from residents there, the reports said.
News archives from several publications in the region show a history of this kind of event, with smoke from fires there reaching Central New Jersey as far back as 2010.
While the fire is far away, winds shifting from the south-southeast are bringing the smell and haze with them.