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Firefighters rescue dog as second brush fire burns in Goulds

Miami-Dade firefighter Jerrid Lundstedt helps rescue a dog that was chained to a tree as workers battled a grass fire in Goulds on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
Miami-Dade firefighter Jerrid Lundstedt helps rescue a dog that was chained to a tree as workers battled a grass fire in Goulds on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Firefighters battled another grass fire in Goulds on Sunday as South Florida’s dry and windy weather persisted, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Michelle Fayed.

The blaze at Southwest 117th Avenue and 224th Street did not force evacuations — though it came close to some homes — and no one was injured. Firefighters did, however, rescue a dog that was chained to a tree.

Yugine Smith, who watched the fire from his front yard, told Miami Herald news partner CBS4 that he was worried about his home.

“If it would have been closer, it would probably got a hold of the house and melt the shingles on the house,” Smith said.

The fire, which is not believed to be related to one that engulfed 150 acres nearby on Saturday, was contained to 50 acres, as of 4 p.m. By 5:30 p.m., Fayed said the majority of the fire had been extinguished, but crews from the Florida Forest Service remained on scene to tackle hotspots.

“It is now under control and most of the units have left,” said Fayed, who added that there were about 20 units out when the fire was at its biggest.

This was the second fire to erupt in the area this weekend.

Saturday, a fire burned at Southwest 120th Avenue and 224th Street. The flames then jumped 120th Avenue and continued to spread.

“It is contained on four sides by road, however, it did jump earlier because of the high winds,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita said Saturday night.

That fire threatened a nearby church, but firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading.

In both cases, the weather is the biggest challenge.

“Our worst enemy in this type of fire is the wind,” Piedrahita said Saturday. “As you can see, it’s dry today. The winds are picking up and they die back down. So that’s what’s hindering our progress; it’s the winds.”

Miami Herald news partner CBS4 contributed to this report.

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