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Alligator Alley fire is 90 percent contained

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - The fire burning in the Everglades that has
intermittently closed Alligator Alley for two weeks is almost
contained.

National Park Services officials said Wednesday that the
30,000-acre blaze in the Big Cypress National Preserve has been
reduced to 10 smokers - hot spots that are still smoldering and
generating smoke. That means the fire is 90 percent contained.

But officials say smoke along with early morning fog is causing
poor visibility on the major road connecting Broward and Collier
Counties, prompting officials to keep closing Alligator Alley and
State Road temporarily.

Both will be closed until 9 a.m. Thursday.
The fire was apparently started by a lightning strike.

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