Everglades Wildfire Claims 33,000 Acres
Blaze threatens endangered sparrow, homes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 19, 2008 2:43 AM CDT
Firefighters battle a fire at the Babcock road in Palm Bay, Fla., Tuesday, May 13, 2008. A series of wildfires has recently hit Florida.   (AP Photo/Florida Today, Amanda Stratford)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – Nearly 33,000 acres of Florida's Everglades National Park were burning yesterday with only 20% of the blaze contained, CNN reports. A dense smoke warning was in effect in parts of southern Florida as flames threatened an endangered sparrow species and private property. The fire is the latest in a series of wildfires sweeping Florida, including one near Daytona Beach that has spread over 12,000 acres.