Everglades Wildfire Claims 33,000 Acres

Blaze threatens endangered sparrow, homes
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 2:43 AM CDT
Everglades Wildfire Claims 33,000 Acres
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)

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. (More Everglades stories.)

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