Massive Brush Fire Produces Haze In Florida Skies

    Massive Brush Fire Produces Haze In Florida Skies

7 May 2008

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FL, USA — Smoke from a massive brush fire created a haze that hung over southeastern Florida on Tuesday morning.

Officials said a massive brush fire has burned almost 4,000 acres in Glades County, near Lake Okeechobee, so far.

Investigators said a change in the winds blowing from the south caused two separate wildfires to merge, resulting in the huge fire.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said it has received several calls regarding smoke in Broward, although there were no fires burning there Tuesday.

BSO said residents should not call 911 regarding the smoky conditions unless they actually see flames.

Due to particles in the air from the fire, the Miami-Dade County Health Department issued a statement on Tuesday afternoon. It advised those with respiratory ailments or heart disease, as well as children and older people, to avoid outdoor activity.

Officials said they suspect that arsonists started at least one of the fires. According to a news release by the Florida Division of Forestry, anyone with information leading to the conviction of the person who started the fire could be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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