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Sawgrass Fire in Everglades burns more than 31,000 acres

Posted at 9:01 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 12:47:40-04

**UPDATE (12:30PM)** -- The Florida Forest Service now says that the Sawgrass Fire in the Everglades has nearly doubled in size.

In an update Tuesday afternoon, they now say the fire is approximately 31,500 acres, with 30% containment.

That's up from their update Mnoday night, which listed it at 18,500 acres.

(Original story below)
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla -- We have new information a massive wildfire in the Everglades.

The flames had ripped through more than 18,000 acres and it is a little over 20% contained at last check.

Fire officials say a lightning strike sparked it.

It's about a mile north of Alligator Alley near Weston in Broward County.

The fire isn't threatening homes, but people have experienced falling ash. “At first I thought it was like a little rain storm getting ready to come in, but then noticed all the ash coming through and flying on us when we were on our tour," said Lisa Martin, visiting from Texas.

Firefighters have been closely watching the winds, which could push the fire towards a highway if they turn north or west.