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Pair of brush fires burn in west Miami-Dade County

Hundreds of acres scorched; No homes, businesses threatened

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service crews were monitoring two brush fires in west Miami-Dade County that they believe were caused by lightning.

The fires were burning near Northwest 140th Avenue and Northwest 41st Street, west of Florida's Turnpike and east of Krome Avenue.

More than 422 acres have been burned in the first fire and 100 acres burned in the second.

No homes or businesses are being threatened at this point, but fire officials said they continue to closely watch the fires to make sure the winds don't spread them even farther.

"There's a lot of grass, which we call fine fuel, and when you get any wind, it will carry that fire very quickly," Florida Forest Service spokesman Scott Peterich said.

Some roads were hazy from smoke, and fire officials urged motorists near Florida's Turnpike to drive with caution.

Firefighters said they are hoping storms moving through will help them put out the flames.

Crews were back at the scene Tuesday to continue battling the flames and checking for hot spots.

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