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A fast-moving brush fire near U.S. 27 and Krome Avenue scorched more than 2,500 acres in northwest Miami-Dade County on Friday, prompting emergency officials to evacuate residents of a nearby trailer park.
The fire, which began near a canal about 10:30 a.m., was fed by dry conditions and brisk winds. It consumed a huge area between Krome Avenue and Okeechobee Road and sent smoke billowing so high it could be seen from downtown Miami to northeast Miami-Dade and southern Broward County. Ash from the fire fell at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach.
Brush fire forces evacuations in Florida
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MIAMI (AP) - A brush fire lapped up against backyard fences in southwest Miami-Dade County on Sunday, damaging two houses and forcing firefighters to evacuate a neighborhood under a heavy cloud of smoke.
Authorities evacuated an area four blocks wide and five blocks long, said Vicki Burns, a spokeswoman for the county's fire-rescue agency.
Firefighters also were fighting larger wildfires scattered across Florida on Sunday. A 300-acre brush fire caused officials to close part of Interstate 95 near Jacksonville in northeast Florida, and officials said a 2,300-acre wildfire in central Florida was 60 percent contained.
In South Florida, a fire near the Everglades was 75 percent contained Sunday after consuming 3,300 acres. Firefighters expected to have it completely contained within a day.
Fire threatens homes in Miami-Dade County, evacuations ordered
Sunday, April 4
(Miami-AP) -- A brush fire is lapping up against backyard fences in southwest Miami-Dade County tonight, forcing the evacuation of a neighborhood under a heavy cloud of smoke.
Television footage showed the fire igniting fences and coming within several feet of a row of houses. Fire Rescue officials say electricity had been cut to the neighborhood.
A fire rescue spokeswoman says the blaze forced the evacuation of an area four streets wide and five avenues long. She doesn't know how many houses are in that area.
Meanwhile, a much larger fire on the edge of the Everglades is 75 percent contained today. That blaze has consumed 33-hundred acres and no longer threatens any homes or structures.
In Jacksonville, a 300 acre brush fire caused officials to close part of Interstate 95 in northeast Florida. Also, officials say a 23-hundred acre wildfire in central Florida is 60 percent contained and doesn't threaten any structures.
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Forecasters with the Florida Division of Forestry predict that Palm Beach County will see more brushfires and wildfires than normal this year. The normal number of brushfires ranges from about 300-400 per year, said Bob Rehr with the division.