Brush fire sweeps across 2,000 acres of Broward
More than 2,000 acres of sawgrass have been scorched by a fast-moving brush fire in western Broward County, state forestry officials said.
The leading edge of the flames was nearly one mile north of Alligator Alley at about mile marker 41 on Interstate 75. Smoke could be seen between mile markers 38 and 45, officials said Saturday.
Winds had the brush fire moving north northwest parallel to I-75, officials said, which was keeping the smoke drifting away from inhabited areas of the county.
The cause of the brush fire is unknown but the Florida Forest Service said that intentional burning for agricultural purposes was permitted in the Florida Everglades district Friday and Saturday.
A prescribed burn was being done in Miami-Dade County’s Everglades district Friday but that appeared unrelated to the brush fires in western Broward.
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