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Over 20,000 acres burned by wildfires in Palm Beach, Broward

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Hazy conditions in north Broward and southern Palm Beach persist thanks to a pair of wildfires burning in the Everglades near the county line.

A pillar of black and gray smoke from the ‘L39’ and ‘2 Alpha’ fires could be seen for miles around the western part of Boca Raton and Delray Beach with more than 20,00 acres burned so far.

Both fires were sparked by lightning strikes on Wednesday evening and are about 20% contained according to the Florida Forest Service.

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Officials say the fires do no post a threat to populated areas at this time and traffic is not being affected.

Westerly winds have helped keep most the smoke out over the Everglades, however FFS recommends if residents see or smell smoke they should stay indoors, especially if they have respiratory conditions.

A third fire, the ‘2 Bravo’ is burning due west of Sunrise in Broward County with more than 5,600 consumed so far.