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FIRE SITUATION WORSENS: Fire West Of Boca Raton Now 11,000 Acres

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Smoke map as of 5:55 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2022, courtesy Environmental Protection Agency.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — As of 5:48 p.m. Friday, the L39 fire which is in the Everglades west of Boca Raton is now 11,000 acres. The fire has more than doubled since our report at 7:30 this morning. Officials say it is 35 percent contained.

A second fire, known as 2Alpha, is now 5,050 acres With 45 percent containment. The fire was 2000 acres during our morning report.

While the fires are growing, there is no threat to homes or roads at this point. However, the air quality across much of South Palm Beach County as of 5:48 p.m. is ”moderate” — meaning anyone with severe allergies or other breathing conditions may be affected.

As we have reported — especially for those new to South Florida — fires in the Everglades are not necessarily bad. Fires are part of the forestry management program. However, federal and local fire officials are watching the growth closely to ensure that the fires do not become a dangerous situation.

 

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