A fire that burned more than 10,000 acres of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Florida has been 85 percent controlled, with no more active fires being reported as of Tuesday morning, according to a newscast from WPTV News in West Palm Beach, Florida. The news source reported that crews were using helicopters to drop water on the fire that started last week due to lightning. The wildlife refuge plays host to more than 250 bird species as well as American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) and other animals in the expansive Everglades marsh area and the huge cypress strand.
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