HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Wildland firefighters worked for hours on Friday to contain a brush fire in an unpopulated area south of Homestead and east of Florida City.
Christopher Wasil, a supervisor with the Florida Forest Service, said the blaze was near the area of Southwest 360th Street and 137th Avenue, just south of the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The wind pushed the smoke toward neighboring residential areas, so Wasil warned residents there would likely be smoke laying on Friday night.
“If you can go inside and close your windows, turn your air conditioner on,” Wasil said.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel also responded. As of 11 p.m., firefighters had contained about 15% of the fire and the flames had scorched about 2,530 acres, Wasil said.
“The challenge out here is access and getting equipment in there without getting them stuck,” Wasil said.
Officers closed access to Southwest 344th Street between 117th and 137th avenues.
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