Air quality Friday May 6

FIRES STILL BURNING: Smoke Blankets Much Of Boca Raton, Delray Beach

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Roughly 7000 Acres On Fire. Not A Great Day For Outdoor Activity.

EPA: Much Of South Palm Beach County Smelling Smoke…

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The gray represents smoke from fires burning in the Everglades. (Courtesy: United States Environmental Protection Agency as of 6:45 a.m. May 6, 2022).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Smoke continues to cover much of Boca Raton and Delray Beach Friday morning, as two sizable fires continue to burn in the Florida Everglades.

The National Forestry Service, through its AirNow portal, shows that smoke is flowing west to east over large portions of South Palm Beach County. As we reported yesterday for those new to South Florida, fires in the Everglades are somewhat routine this time of year. They are often permitted to burn as part of a forestry management program. The two fires affecting local air quality are just west of Boca Raton and Coral Springs.

The first fire, known as ”2Alpha,” is 2000 acres with 20 percent containment as of 6:45 a.m. — according to the Florida Forest Service. The second fire, known as L39, is 5300 acres with just 5 percent containment.

The fires, for now, are not posing any danger to traffic or homes. Fire departments, federal and state forestry officials continue to monitor.

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