Archive for Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Everglades wildfire forces prisoner move

May 20, 2008


— South Florida residents were warned to stay indoors and a state prison and federal detention center were evacuated Monday as smoke from a massive wildfire in Everglades National Park billowed their way.

The 56-square-mile blaze was about 30 percent contained. Smoke and fog advisories were issued for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Glades counties.

Moderate to unhealthy air quality conditions were expected throughout the week, according to the Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management.

Inmates and detainees at Everglades Correctional Institution and the Krome Detention Center were being moved to other facilities as a precaution. Everglades, a state prison, evacuated 1,753 inmates, while Krome is federal immigration lockup that holds about 600.


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