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Escaped pile burn spreads near Turnpike, U.S. 27

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue working to contain fire

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A giant plume of smoke near Okeechobee Road and the Florida Turnpike got a lot of attention Saturday from passerby and those on social media. 

The Florida Forest Service said the fire began as in a controlled bur.  The blaze jumped its containment line and spread through the White Rocks Quarries near the turnpike and U.S. 27. 

The fire spread after flames started by a certified burner got out of control, officials said.

Forestry officials and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel worked throughout the afternoon to contain the flames.

There haven't been any reports of structures or homes being threatened by the fire, or injuries.