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NJ fire burns 300 acres; some residents allowed back into homes after being evacuated

Hot spots of remained along a section of Dividing Creek Road,  in Downe Township, Cumberland County, NJ, Thursday April 24,  2014, after a forest fire broke out on Wednesday that, was about 85% contained, according to fire officials on the scene with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.  (AP Photo/Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)

Hot spots of remained along a section of Dividing Creek Road, in Downe Township, Cumberland County, NJ, Thursday April 24, 2014, after a forest fire broke out on Wednesday that, was about 85% contained, according to fire officials on the scene with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. (AP Photo/Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)  (The Associated Press)

A large brush fire had burned more than 300 acres in central New Jersey, yet some residents are being allowed back into their homes after earlier evacuations.

Police in Berkeley Township say the fire is 30 percent contained, but that it has burned 307 acres by Thursday afternoon. Residents on some streets in Berkeley who had been evacuated are being told they can return to their homes.

Other residents are being told to expect smoke conditions into the night as the wind shifts.

The fire broke out in Berkeley Township, about 45 miles south of New York, near the Bayville border, a little before noon on Thursday.