FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Officials briefly closed westbound lanes of Alligator Alley on Tuesday due to smoke from the wildfire burning in the Florida Everglades in western Broward County.
The lanes were closed for nearly 25 minutes before a light rain fell in the area and cleared away most of the smoke.
The Florida Forest Service said Tuesday the blaze had grown to 33,500 acres and is now 40 percent contained.
The wildfire is located about 8 miles west of the city of Weston.
Florida Forest Service officials confirmed lightning started the wildfire Sunday night just north of a busy stretch of Interstate 75 and a few miles west of Highway 27.
“Motorists and residents in the area should exercise caution by slowing down, turning on their headlights, and watching for emergency vehicles,” said Jim Karels, Director of the Florida Forest Service.
No buildings were in immediate danger.
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