Wildfire burning through Florida Everglades doubles in size to 32,000 acres

A lightning-sparked smoky wildfire burning through the Florida Everglades has more than doubled in size since it started Sunday night.

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The fire has consumed 32,000 acres, according to the Florida Forest Service, and is only 30% contained, but no buildings are threatened at this time.

The fire, about eight miles outside the city of Weston, started just north of Alligator Alley, a busy stretch of Interstate 75, and a few miles away from a state highway.

"Wildfires can strengthen quickly and threaten public safety — drivers traveling along Alligator Alley should remain vigilant, monitor media for safety alerts and the status of I-75, and follow guidelines from state and local officials," state Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried told WFOR-TV.

One of the biggest concerns right now is the heavy smoke in the air, and the westerly winds blowing it along roadways and into western Broward County.

The smoke is a respiratory irritant and cause scratchy throats, irritated noses and eyes and worsen asthma conditions, WFOR reported.

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People and pets living in areas where the smoke is settling should stay indoors, state officials warned.

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