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Brush Fires burn for seventh day in a row

Posted: 06/08/06 at 12:26 pm EDT

WEST BROWARD (WSVN)-- A brushfire that has plagued a large area of west Broward for nearly a week is showing no signs of burning out.

Officials say the fire has doubled in size over the past 24 hours. The fire began last Sunday on U.S. 27, the cause of a lightning strike and so far it has destroyed more than 45,000 acres.

Authorities worry that number may double if the blaze does not burn itself out soon. The flames are 3 miles west of U.S. 27 and about 3 and a half miles north of Alligator Alley.

Forestry officials are monitoring the fire and hope that it will burn itself out. They say they've made no effort to contain the flames because so far they don't pose a threat to nearby homes or businesses.

Health officials however put out an air advisory for small children, the elderly and especially those with respiratory problems. Those with respiratory problems are most vulnerable.

Those who live in the area are advised to keep out door activities to a minimum and to stay indoors with the air conditioner on if possible. Anyone experiencing shortness of breath or chest pains should call a doctor.

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