Miami-Dade County

Brush fire burns 400 acres in Southwest Miami-Dade

Smoke billows from the top of the tree line as a brush fire consumes about 400 acres in southwest Miami-Dade.
Smoke billows from the top of the tree line as a brush fire consumes about 400 acres in southwest Miami-Dade. El Nuevo Herald

A brush fire consumed nearly 400 acres in West Miami-Dade on Thursday.

The fire closed Krome Avenue between Southwest 88th and Eighth Streets and Miller Drive at Southwest 167th Avenue, according to Miami-Dade Fire.

The brush fire began before 2 p.m. between 167th Avenue and Krome and between 47th Street and Kendall Drive.

By 7 p.m., the fire was mainly under control, said Arnold Piedrahita Jr., spokesman for Miami-Dade Fire.

“It’s not out, but it’s contained,” he said.

Piedrahita said the “conditions are extremely dry,” and it’s unclear what started the blaze.

Firefighters focused their efforts on not allowing the fire to jump over Krome Avenue.

“The winds were in our favor, blowing away from the homes,” Piedrahita said.

There have been several brush fires recently in Southwest Miami-Dade including at Larry and Penny Thompson Park and Eighth Street and Krome Avenue.

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