A drought in South Florida has led to wildfires, watering restrictions and rough times for wading birds

Although wildfires are a natural, even necessary, part of South Florida’s ecology, they can cause air pollution and endanger drivers. The risk is particularly acute along Alligator Alley and U.S. 27, which run along the Everglades, where huge fires can form and generate enough smoke to interfere with visibility on the road, Peterich said.