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Smoke in Palm Beach County 3/5/19

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NOT A TA

Smelled like a house in back of mine was on fire, an hour later it still smelled. You can see smoke in the air as cars with headlights on pass by. Started surfing around online looking for "news" about a fire in the area. Turns out there's a controlled burn south of Lake Okeechobee and abnormal wind pattern is sending it our way, I'm like 50 miles away.  22,000 acre burn seems big to me for a "controlled burn" considering the wind and time of year (our dry season). I'm curious how they can control a 22,000 acre fire in 13-14 MPH wind?  News   https://www.wpbf.com/article/concerns-over-smoke-in-palm-beach-county/26682517

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PalmatierMeg

Someone was probably burning the stubble on harvested sugar cane fields. Those remains will enrich the soil for future plantings. When I worked at a mitigation bank on a State wildlife preserve, we would sometimes burn invasive grasses. Controlled burns are complicated process that involves getting permits from State and Federal agencies that specify how, when, where and under what conditions a burn can be done. They usually can't be done during wet season because of rainfall. The wind may have slightly changed direction and sent some of the smoke your way - these things happen.

If you are brand new to FL, be aware that as temps rise during the latter part of dry season, the whole State may be plagued by rampant brush fires that burn 1,000s of acres and turn the air rancid with smoke for many miles around. Those wild fires will be imminent threats until rainy season ends them.

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NOT A TA

Thanks for the info Meg. I've seen controlled burns farther North and wasn't aware they were done South of the lake. Bought the house in 05 and did the snow bird thing a few years then sold the house up North and moved here full time, never had smoke while I've been here. Usually the breeze comes off the ocean heading West so we wouldn't get the smoke but the wind was NNW yesterday evening so it just rolled on in..

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