HOLY SMOKES: Mother Nature Puts Out Everglades Fires Just Before Mothers Day!
Mother Nature Washes Out Wildfires. Authorities still monitoring.
UPDATE – 5/9/22 – 6:30 AM
The flames are still out and while authorities are still monitoring, the situation appears to be resolved.
An unforeseen rainstorm appeared late Saturday night and washed the fires out. This is good news because firefighters were unable to reach the fires due to the soft ground and unforgiving terrain.
UPDATE – 5/7/22 – 7:00 PM
Sources close to the situation have told Boca Post that the 2 bravo fire is out after a massive storm appeared out of nowhere and showered the area on Saturday evening.
It does appear that mother nature has put out the wildfires that she started on Wednesday with lightning strikes.
The L39 fire, which is closer to West Boca Raton, may still burn as of the most recent information received from authorities.
Sources tell Boca Post that the smoke being observed from that fire is much less intense than it has been in recent days if any smoke is observed at all.
Folks, this is Florida storm season. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Florida knows, that Florida weather is a bit crazy.
UPDATE – 5/7/22 – 8:00 AM
As winds are shifting the smoke is now affecting Boca Raton and our northern neighbors including Boynton Beach, Lantana, and Lake Worth Beach.
It does appear to be two uncontrolled fires at this time. At last measure, Florida Forest Service estimates the fires are actively burning on approximately 20,000 acres.
Authorities say they can’t do much by way of mitigating the fires as they are too difficult to reach.
As Boca Post has reported earlier, while these wildfires are not normal, fires are a big part of the land management programs implemented by the State.
These fires, originally started by lightning strikes on Wednesday afternoon’s thunderstorms, will hopefully settle down on their own very soon.
Update – 5/6/22 – 1:30 PM
The 3 uncontained wildfires in the Everglades near Broward and Palm Beach Counties have now increased in size. The Florida Forest Service is telling Boca Post that the 3 fires are now actively burning on 9700 acres.
Update – 5/6/22 – 7:30 AM
Two wildfires continue in the Everglades which is the source of the smoke plumes observed in Boca Raton and the surrounding areas. The two fires, L39 Fire and the 2 Bravo Fire, both started when lightning strikes ignited dry vegetation on Wednesday during a thunderstorm in the Everglades.
The two fires are responsible for an uncontrolled burning of approximately 6200 acres so far. According to satellite imagery, there are several other smaller scattered fires around the two main wildfires.
The smell of smoke will dissipate as the wind shifts.
Originally published by Boca Post
BOCA RATON, FL – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — The smoke observed in much of Boca Raton and Coral Springs this morning is from wildfires ignited by lightning near the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.
The Florida Forst Service tells Boca Post that multiple lightning strikes in the area Wednesday evening have ignited dry vegetation which has caused these wildfires.
The smoke is a direct result of those wildfires. The smoke has since lifted as the wind directions have changed but don’t be surprised if it returns as the wind settles down.
Boca Post readers have reported ash on their vehicles in West and Central Boca. If you have sensitivities to poor air quality, it is recommended that you stay inside until the smoke subsides.
Local authorities tell Boca Post that the wildfires present no dangers to any homes.