MIAMI (AP) — A brush fire in the Everglades burned some 20,000 acres and sent smoke wafting over a large section of South Florida.
Officials say the fire in western Broward County was sparked by a lightning strike on Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, smoke and ash was heavy across the western suburbs of Fort Lauderdale and Miami and even made its way east, to Biscayne Bay.
The fire forced the Florida Highway Patrol to close U.S. 27 from Alligator Alley into Palm Beach County.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1pzCqGn ) reports forestry officials say a combination of variable winds and low dispersion — meaning the smoke stays low to the ground — caused the haziness.
A sea breeze from the east later Monday helped push much of the smoke out of South Florida.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com