Brush fire sparks, closes roadway in Florida City

FLORIDA CITY, FLA. (WSVN) - - Crews continued to battle a brush fire in Florida City that sparked Friday evening and burned through at least 30 acres.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the fire off Southwest 192nd Avenue and 328th Street in South Miami-Dade, just before 6 p.m.

The fire has burned 30 acres, but only one acre is currently burning. As of 10 p.m., forestry officials said, the fire was about 80 percent contained.

7News captured thick black smoke billowing into the sky from the burning field.

“I thought it was a house on fire,” said area resident Kevin Carey. “That’s what I thought, but as we got closer, you could tell that it was [a brush fire]. All the trees out there are burning up,” he said.

According to a fire rescue spokesperson, the fire started in Florida City, in the area of Southwest 187th Avenue and 332nd Street. Florida Forest Service said trash and tires are fueling the flames, with wind fanning them.

Crews have shut down Southwest 192nd Avenue in the area because the smoke from the fire poses a threat to visibility on the roadway.

A 7News viewer sent in video showing the large fire, shortly after it first broke out, with smoke filling the air.

With no structures threatened and no evacuations, neighbors were left standing by and watching the blaze, hoping the flames don’t take a turn. “Out here, it’s nothing but woods and trees. There aren’t many houses around,” said Carey.

Area resident Kenneth Davis said he’s relieved the flames didn’t come closer to his home. “It’s so far away, because all the houses are spread out, with all the land,” he said.

Officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Crews are scheduled to return Saturday morning.

Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.

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