Wildland firefighters warn Miami-Dade residents of smoke from distant bushfires

HOMESTEAD, Florida. – Wildland firefighters worked for hours Friday to contain a bushfire in an uninhabited area south of Homestead and east of Florida City.

Christopher Wasil, a supervisor with the Florida Forest Service, said the fire occurred near Southwest 360th Street and 137th Avenue, south of Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The wind pushed the smoke towards neighboring residential areas, so Wasil warned local residents that there would likely be smoke on Friday night.

“If you can go in and close your windows, turn on your air conditioning,” Wasil said.

Large wildfire unchecked in the Homestead area

The Miami-Dade firefighters also responded. By 11:00 p.m., firefighters had contained about 15% of the fire and the flames had scorched about 2,530 acres, Wasil said.

“The challenge out here is getting equipment in and out without getting stuck,” Wasil said.

The officers blocked access to Southwest 344th Street between 117th and 137th Avenues.

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The 416 Fire burns south of Homestead Speedway. Currently 750 acres without containment. Fire is in a remote area and nothing is threatened. Four Florida Forest Service units work in the event of a fire pic.twitter.com/i7rwZiOTl8

– FFS Everglades (@FFS_Everglades) April 30, 2021

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