Crews contain grass fire in SW Miami-Dade Nature Preserve that burned near homes – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

SOUTH-WEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire crews spent hours working to contain a grass fire that broke out at a nature preserve in southwest Miami-Dade and crept dangerously close to homes in the area. .

7SkyForce hovered over the Trinity Pineland County Park Fire, located near Southwest 76th Street and 73rd Place between Sunset and Miller Drives, just after 5 p.m. Wednesday.

About 90 minutes later, 7News cameras captured Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials surveying a wooded area where crews had been able to put out the flames, as firefighters lit taillights to contain the fire. fire were burning nearby.

As of 10 p.m., Florida Forest Service officials said, the fire was 100 percent contained.

“Overall, about 10 acres burned in total,” said Jason Richard, MDFR division manager.

Officials said a shed in the area caught fire and the flames continued to spread in part due to dry weather conditions.

MDFR and Florida Forest Service units arrived on the scene around 3:45 p.m. and found a large amount of burning trees.

“When our units arrived they were threatening two houses on the west side of the property,” Richard said.

Officials said the flames spread to a shed in the area. They were able to extinguish the fire in the hangar.

Crews worked quickly to create a perimeter around the fire to prevent it from growing and reaching structures.

“We ended up with about eight units here. Air rescue came over to fly over,” Richard said.

Crews also lit taillights, including one on the north side of the fire, in an attempt to contain the blaze.

Cameras showed one of the bombers that crews used to put out the fire and ensure no hot spots ignited.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said they received several calls from residents reporting smoke in the area without knowing the source. Authorities are urging residents, especially those with respiratory illnesses, to stay indoors.

Despite the closeness of the fire, locals who spoke to 7News said they weren’t too worried about it.

“I think the fire department obviously got it under control,” a neighbor said. “You have to trust these guys; they know what they are doing, they seem calm. I think they would have told us if we were in danger.

The Miami-Dade County Threatened Lands Program has managed Trinity Pineland County Park since 1993. An official said the area is a 10-acre state-owned preserve.

The official said the park is an area that requires prescribed burns to prevent serious fires from breaking out. Officials said the blaze was unplanned, but firefighters were able to contain Wednesday’s blaze in a specific area of ​​the reservation and turn it into a prescribed fire.

The official said the fire would ultimately benefit endangered plants and wildlife in the area.

“Florida Forestry and Dade County Environmental Services will be there all night monitoring the fire and making sure there are no other issues,” Richard said.

Crews should stay at the park for the next few days to monitor it and make sure there are no more flare-ups.

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