"the Everglades had burned for three weeks straight"
The Everglades
Public DomainThe Everglades - Credit: NASA

The Everglades are sub-tropical wetlands in southern Florida.

Fires here are natural events (usually caused by lightning strikes), which maintain the balance of the eco-system.  They are prevented from getting out of control by the copious water and rainfall in the area.

The Everglades
Creative Commons AttributionThe Everglades - Credit: http2007, Flickr