Wildfire out of control in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Wildfire season is starting to sizzle, as firefighters battled a 2,630-acre Everglades blaze in western Palm Beach County on Friday.
Fueled by dry conditions and steady winds, the fire was burning near high-voltage power lines that run west toward Fort Myers, said Scott Peterich, spokesman for the Florida Forest Service.
“We don’t know how it got started, but we don’t believe it was lightning,” he said.
Although it’s unlikely the fire could reach high enough to burn the wires, smoke and heat could damage them and cause power outages, Peterich said.
He said firefighters are using water from a nearby canal to keep the flames clear of the wires.