South Florida’s heat and dry weather helped fuel a massive brush fire in West Broward Thursday, burning strong for a second straight day.
Officials shut down Everglades Holiday Park in western Broward on Thursday as the Pembroke Pines fire came close to the wildlife preserve and recreational area.
The fire had consumed nearly 1,000 acres near U.S. 27 and Pembroke Road by 7 p.m. Thursday. The fire was 20 percent contained, said Scott Peterich, a spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
He said crews were focusing on “structure protection,” trying to keep the fire west of U.S. 27, a major north-south highway. If the fire jumps east of the highway, it could threaten homes and road access.
The spreading fire came close to the Holly Lakes mobile home community in Pembroke Pines.
By 7 p.m. the humidity was up and the winds were down, Peterich said, so he wasn’t expecting any change Thursday night. But there was still potential for further development Friday morning when the humidity is expected to drop again.
The fire is affecting an area of sawgrass where people use airboats, he said.
“We are just watching the weather and hoping for the best,” he said.