Brush fire breaks out in southwest Miami-Dade County

Firefighters worked to battle 25-acre brush fire

By Tim Swift - Digital Editor, Roy Ramos - Reporter

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A brush fire broke out Saturday in a rural area of southwest Miami-Dade County, threatening nearby homes, officials said.

Lt. Felipe Lay, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said the fire started about 2 p.m. near Southwest 162th Avenue and Southwest 168th Street.

The flames and large plumes of smoke were pushed by high winds as firefighters worked to battle a 25-acre brush fire in the agricultural area of Redland.

Capt. Paul Blake said at least two dozen firefighters worked to put the blaze out with the help of two units from the Florida Forest Service.

The units created breaks in the land to stop the fire from spreading. Because the area is so remote, firefighters had to use well water to fight the blaze.

While firefighters said the fire was 90 percent contained, some residents said the fire affected power lines, shutting down power to the area.

The fire was out Saturday night. One fire engine at the scene was checking for hot spots.

The residents suspect the fire may have been the result of illegal dumping and burning that trash.

A battalion chief on the scene said investigators were still working to determine the cause of the blaze.

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