HOUSTON The smoke you ve seen around the Houston area may hang around until Saturday.

It s coming from an out-of-control fire on the McFaddin Wildlife Refuge near High Island, which is north of Boliver Peninsula.

As many as 5,000 acres were on fire late Friday.

At one point, the columns of smokewereso thick they formed a dome over the community of High Island.

People who live inthearea said they were having problems breathing.

Joni Harding of Crystal Beach said, she was even having trouble talking.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not sure how the fire started.

It was not a controlled burn.

Crews are using three engines and a helicopter to set smaller fires in an attempt to stop the blaze from spreading.

The McFaddin Wildlife Refuge spreads over 5000 acres.

Its marshland is home to anumber of birds and other wildlife.

That burningmarsh is what s creating the smoke.

People wholive in Boliver Peninsula told KHOU 11 News, the smoke was so thick at one point drivers couldn t see roads.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hoping to get the fire under control by Saturday.

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