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Broward brush fire consuming more than 2,300 acres of the Florida Everglades

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A fire that has already blazed through more than 2,300 acres by Sunday evening in the Florida Everglades continues to move through brush in Broward County. The fire ate through an additional 900 acres since Saturday morning.

As of Sunday, state officials said it was 50 percent contained.

Telemundo 51 assignment manager Jorge Rodriguez posted a video on Twitter Friday of the fire chewing its way through flatland in the Everglades in western Broward that looked like a lava field.

The fire is moving north to northwest north of Interstate 75 on Alligator Alley and had consumed an additional 300 or so acres since Friday evening, according to the Florida Forest Service. The pace seemed to quicken on Saturday.

But, unlike the devastating Camp Fire wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes in several California communities this month, the Everglades fire isn’t currently posing a threat to residences.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but agricultural burning is allowed in the Everglades District in all counties except for Monroe, according to the Florida Forest Service.

Still, the Florida Forest Service has taken to social media this holiday season, starting on Thanksgiving, to warn people to be careful when cooking or stringing Christmas decorations.

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