Controlled burn causes smoke, ash conditions in northwest Broward County

Public safety officials warned Thursday that Tamarac, Parkland or Coral Springs residents who may have respiratory problems should remain indoors and use air conditioning while a controlled burn is under way in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County.

The burn aims to restore wildlife habitat over approximately 17,000 acres in the refuge and is causing ash to fall on those cities, where heavy smoke conditions may also be present.

“With the burn, we can control the brush and the fuel load is diminished if there is a lightning strike,” said Serena Rinker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service.

The fire may continue Friday.

Firefighters with the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service are monitoring the fire on the ground and from the air, Coral Springs Fire Department Capt. Michael Moser said.

Falling ash should not be hot enough to start a blaze, Moser said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to call 911 only in an emergency., 954-356-4233 or on Twitter @LindaTrischitta.

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