Miami-Dade County

Officials: Grass fires in SW Miami-Dade appear to be arson

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service crews are battling two grass fires in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service crews are battling two grass fires in Southwest Miami-Dade. Oralia Ortega

Officials believe someone intentionally set several grass fires that were burning Sunday in Southwest Miami-Dade.

Throughout the day, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Florida Forest Service crews battled at least two fires.

The first, which broke out around 10:30 a.m., was a two-acre blaze off Southwest 142nd Avenue and 232nd Street.

The second, a seven-acre fire that broke out shortly before 4 p.m., burned at Southwest 147th Avenue and 194th Street.

“While they appear to have been intentionally set, there have been no witnesses,” said Miami-Dade Fire spokesman Arnold Piedrahita. “Residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant and call police if they notice any suspicious activity.”

No injuries were reported, and no homes or businesses were damaged.

Sunday’s blazes followed a series of brush fires in the area. In late April, nearly 2,000 acres burned in a stubborn fire that lasted several days. Then earlier this month, another 200 acres burned in two separate fires over two days.

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

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