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Smoke from Everglades brush fire affects Weston residents

Broward asks Weston residents to stay indoors due to smoke from brush fire
Broward asks Weston residents to stay indoors due to smoke from brush fire

WESTON, Fla. – A canal and firefighters stood between the raging flames of a small brush fire and homes in Weston on Thursday. But the smoke and debris prompted authorities to ask residents to avoid going outside.

A brush fire was moving east on Thursday afternoon near Weston. (SKY 10)

“Our concern is the northwesterly winds moving towards the community to the east,” said Scott Peterich, a Florida Forest Service local wildfire mitigation specialist.

Brush fire burns dangerously close to homes in Weston
Brush fire burns dangerously close to homes in Weston
Firefighters are battling a brush fire that is moving close to homes in Weston. (SKY 10)

The Florida Forest Service responded to the area near U.S. Highway 27 and mile marker 30. As of Thursday night, about 50% of the brush fire had been contained.

A brush fire moved east toward Weston on Thursday afternoon. (SKY 10)

This is a developing story. Local 10 News Anchor/Reporter Glenna Milberg and Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editors Derrick Clemons and Sandra Antonio contributed to this report.

Firefighters respond to Weston on Friday afternoon. (Local 10 News Share)

About the Authors:

Clay Ferraro joined the Local 10 News team in 2014 to take his dream job: covering big-time sports at a first-class station in paradise. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.