Florida Everglades begins large controlled burn

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (R) looks at a map with Erin Myers , Private Lands Biologist with US Fish and Wildlife Service, during a visit to meet with ranchers and private landowners on January 9, 2014, in Okeechobee, Florida. Jewell made a visit to the area to discuss the next steps for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area. 
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The Everglades National Park is burning about 2,475 acres as part of its resource management.

The prescribed burn will be held Tuesday and Wednesday along the eastern boundary of the park in Homestead. The Florida Forest Service and South Florida Water Management District will be assisting.

A statement from the park says smoke may be visible, although there should not be any impacts on roadways.

Authorities say prescribed burns reduce hazardous fuel along the park boundary and burn exotic vegetation that has been treated by herbicides.