A brush fire in Southwest Miami-Dade — which began Saturday with a lightning strike — was 50 percent contained Sunday, but Florida Forest Service spokesman Scott Peterich said without rain the blaze will likely flare back up in the morning.
“This area is supposed to be underwater at this time and it's not,” he said. “It's completely dry.”
The blaze, just off Southwest Eighth Street, east of Krome Avenue, had burned 100 acres by Sunday and shut down busy Krome in both directions for most of the day.
Peterich said the fire, being called the Trail Glades fire, threatened Trail Glades Sport Shooting Range at 17601 SW Eighth Ter., but Miami-Dade Fire protected the area from being harmed.
The dense wooded area is across the street from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming at 500 SW 177th Ave.
Peterich said crews were still monitoring the fire and would be back in the morning because there are still some hotspots.
"We hope the weather cooperates," he said.
This is not the first brush fire in Southwest Miami-Dade. There have been dozens of brush fires across South Florida over the last four months scorching thousands of acres of trees and grass because of extremely dry conditions.