PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A large brush/mulch fire was causing a substantial amount of smoke in western Palm Beach County on Monday.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the fire, which was first reported at 11:34 a.m., was burning in the 9000 block of Brown's Farm Road southeast of Belle Glade.
Strong winds from the southwest were pushing the smoke east toward The Acreage, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach.
#PBCFR is on scene of a large brush/mulch fire in Browns Farm Road, southeast of Belle Glade. Strong winds are pushing the smoke to the east. This fire is expected to burn for a while. We will provide updates. pic.twitter.com/6VBVWPssD3— PBC Fire Rescue (@PBCFR) February 12, 2024
Authorities said the size of the brush fire was hard to estimate due to the density of the smoke, but it was under 1 square mile. A canal on the eastern edge of the fire was being used as a fire break.
Fire Rescue officials said 18 units were assigned to the fire.
"It is expected to burn for a while," Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said in a statement.