Firefighters contain brush fire in southwest Miami-Dade County

Fire burns close to homes, forces road closures


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A brush fire in southwest Miami-Dade County is now contained near Southwest 167th Avenue and Southwest 56th Street.

The fire started Thursday and consumed about 400 acres.

As of Friday morning, firefighters continued battling hotspots and flareups within their line.

Residents in the area said they were concerned by how fast the fire was spreading.

"To see that it was in my own backyard and how close it actually was -- it's kind of scary," resident Carlos Gutierrez said.

Krome Avenue was closed between Kendall Drive and Eighth Street for several hours.

Miller Drive was also closed at Southwest 167th Avenue, where fire crews were setting up and bringing in equipment.

Forestry officials said they brought in additional units from Broward and Palm Beach counties to help battle the fire.

Firefighters said no homes are being threatened because the wind continues to push the fire away from neighborhoods. Fire officials, however, were keeping a watchful eye, saying the winds could change and they didn't want to take any chances.

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