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Hot spots, wind remain issues in PBG brush fire

For the second straight night, firefighters worked around the clock to keep tabs on a brush fire in Palm Beach Gardens.

More than 60 acres continue to smolder along Kyoto Gardens Drive near Alternate A1A.

The fire first sparked Sunday afternoon, creating smoke so thick that the Florida Highway Patrol had to shut down Interstate 95 for several hours.

Since firefighters contained the fire Sunday, they have maintained a presence at the scene to extinguish any flames that reignite.

The deputy fire chief said the underbrush in the wooded area that burned can smolder for days. Hot spots tend to flare when the wind blows, giving oxygen to the fire.

On Monday, an ember jumped to the north side of Kyoto Gardens Drive and sparked a new fire in an area that did not burn Sunday. Firefighters extinguished that two-acre fire quickly.

Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue said no structures have suffered any damage as a result of this fire. Although residents have seen and smelled smoke in the area.

“I’m making sure that the door is sealed properly so that the smoke doesn’t get inside,” said resident Patrick Meehan.

Firefighters expect to circle the smoldering area for several days to stop hot spots from spreading.

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