Large Everglades brush fire burns in west Broward County

Fire consumes 17,000 acres west of Highway 27

By Alex Finnie - Reporter

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - A large brush fire burning in the Florida Everglades in western Broward County continues to grow, sending smoke towards populated areas in South Florida.

The fire, which was started by a lightning strike, currently consumes 17,000 acres and is situated less than four miles west of Highway U.S. 27 and about a mile north of Interstate-75.

No firefighting crews are on the scene to fight the blaze, but the fire is being monitored by officials as it moves in a southeast direction.

According to officials, the next 8-10 hours are crucial in the development of the fire.

Due to the westerly winds bringing smoke towards the population, the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland advised those with respiratory issues to stay indoors.

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