A Wildfire Is Smothering Miami-Dade With Smoke This Morning

Categories: Environmental

photo via @beingkyla's Twitter
Take your gas masks downtown today.
Don't worry: It's just not the raging hangover from those seven rum and Cokes you pounded while sweating through the Heat's win last night. Your eyes are not fogged over with Monday-morning regret. Miami really has disappeared under a cloud of noxious smoke.

A huge wildfire in Broward County is to blame for the smoke, which is serious enough that the National Weather Service is warning anyone with breathing problems to stay inside this morning, providing Miami's asthma sufferers the perfect excuse to skip work and sleep off that NBA Finals headache.

The fire, presumably sparked by lightning storms yesterday, is burning near US 27 in Broward and has already claimed about 3,000 acres. The blaze has closed 27 from I-595 all the way north to Palm Beach and has left Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade counties under dense smoke warnings until at least 10 a.m. today.

The NWS urged motorists to drive slowly today and use low-beam headlights while struggling through the pea soup.

Drivers around South Florida have been snapping pics of the surreal start to the week:

via @jusjonesie's Twitter

via @AllyandWoozle's Twitter
A smoky sunrise on Biscayne Bay

via @JohnMoralesNBC6's Twitter

via @2K2BT's Twitter

via @EYEWALL68's Twitter
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An Na
An Na

Snaiderman Snaiderman Ana Powell we should have gone I hope it's not all ruined

Sarah Mayer
Sarah Mayer

Jose Miguel told you!!! We apparently moved to LA..?

Santy Mago
Santy Mago

Consigue seguidores gratis para facebook en addmefastseguidores.es.tl/ Si sirve!

becauseAmerica
becauseAmerica

get those dern invasive trees and plants out of our state!

Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith

Southern California feels your pain. Hope you have a wind shift soon. And if it rains ashes, be careful washing them off your car!

Stephon Kline
Stephon Kline

I noticed a thick haze on the beach this morning. I looked out of the glss around 6am or so and thought really fog here?

James Kelley
James Kelley

I woke up this morning and thought I might have misses Jamaican Fest 2014! Whew! jimk

Edwin Norvil
Edwin Norvil

boy woke up, thought I was in the Fallout series!

Rosly Garcon
Rosly Garcon

thank god, I was sleeping in when I smelled the smoke!!

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

"...así se pone en España, también." Another aspiring 'Cuban Gallego' in the metrorail, this morning.

Bobby Harris
Bobby Harris

How does a wildfire breakout in a swamp?

lechozo
lechozo

So, this is like living in China

tonylawrence
tonylawrence

yup the pics are super cool..looks like instagram effect has been applied...but these are real... good click

~

Tony L

ariwonderland
ariwonderland

Thanks for posting this news, it has been to the moment the only actual news I could read about the smoke and wildfire. Great pics btw

flygurl200
flygurl200

Has anybody actually seen any fire?

flygurl200
flygurl200

Has anybody actually seen the fire?

South Vape
South Vape

It's just because World Vapor Expo was this weekend

Erin Kawell
Erin Kawell

Makes me really appreciate the beautiful blue skies we are usually greeted with every morning in Miami...

John Serrano
John Serrano

Adriana De La Fuente hope the wall unit ac's are off

Danny Horowitz
Danny Horowitz

Anna Noriega you know what..i'm a great cook lol

Anna Noriega
Anna Noriega

Haha Sandra Hernandez I just figured Danny Horowitz decided to cook for the heat game last night

Jazz Padron
Jazz Padron

Chris Ruzat & Johana Quirantes Arencibia No, it's not weed.

John Laue
John Laue

Alligator Alley yeaterday around 5pm

Sandra Hernandez
Sandra Hernandez

I thought the neighbors house was on fire smh Anna Noriega lol

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Helpful tip: If you have your A/C running, especially a wall unit, turn it OFF. All it's doing is bringing smoke inside your home.

Josi Denise
Josi Denise

We live a block from the Everglades. Everything is covered in ashes

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