Breaking: South Florida wildfire burns 4,600 acres, only 30% contained

A wildfire in western Broward County has burned more than 4,600 acres and is only 30 percent contained.

Mack’s Fish Camp, west of Krome Avenue, is being evacuated and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said about 20 structures are threatened by the fire.

The National Weather Service has issued a dense smoke advisory for Miami-Dade and Broward counties up to the Palm Beach County line for the “holiday fire.”

Forecasters said visibility is one quarter mile or less in some areas and road closures may occur.

This map from 8 a.m. reflects just 1,060 acres burned in the Holiday Fire, but Forest Service officials said it is now up to 4,600.

A red flag fire warning has been issued for all of South Florida.

A prolonged dry spell, gusty winds and low humidity following a cold front means any fires that do start will likely spread quickly.

Kevin Scharfenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami, said there is a “noticeable amount” of ash falling on the NWS office at Florida International University’s campus.

Previous: A cold front that swept drier air into South Florida overnight has increased the concerns about wildfires and triggered an extended red flag warning in Palm Beach County.

The warning is in effect from 10 a.m. this morning through 8 p.m. tonight.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said any fires that start today will likely see “extreme fire behavior,” and are asking that people do no outdoor burning of trash or other items.

A combination of gusty winds, including sustained winds of 15 mph at 20 feet, and relative humidity in the lower to mid-20s prompted the fire weather watch issued earlier this week to be upgraded to a red flag warning.

A brushfire burns near Timber Trace Elementary School in Palm Beach Gardens, July 1, 2015. ( Eric Paquarelli /WPTV, News Channel 5)

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