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Grass fire in Miramar burns about five acres

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter drops water on a brush fire in Miramar Monday, April 11, 2016.
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue helicopter drops water on a brush fire in Miramar Monday, April 11, 2016. Courtesy of Miramar Fire Rescue

A grass fire in Miramar — just off Florida’s Turnpike extension — was still burning Monday night and had already consumed five acres, according to the Florida Forest Service.

The fire began about 5:30 p.m., but did not impact traffic or threaten any structures, according to Miramar Fire Rescue spokesman Jose Gregorisch.

Miramar crews along with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, which used a helicopter, battled the blaze. “We got it under control pretty fast,” Gregorisch said.

Scott Peterich, from the forest service said by Monday night the fire, dubbed Saber Tooth, was 40 percent contained. There was no word on what started the fire.

Peterich said there were at least three brush fires in Miami-Dade over the weekend because of the weather conditions — low humidity and high winds. Thousands of acres of Everglades National Park burned over the weekend because of wildfires.

“People have to be very careful because if a fire starts, it’s going to spread very fast,” he said.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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