Grass fire sparks electrical concern
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE (WSVN) -- A grass fire that broke out yesterday burned dangerously close to some power lines, but as of Wednesday morning, the fire appears to be under control.
According to Florida Forest Service, the fire, which they have dubbed the Turkey West Fire, broke out at around 2 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Southwest 117th Avenue and 344th Street.
Wednesday, the fire had grown to 150 acres in size but is 50 percent contained.
Firefighters are working to contain the fire by setting backfires. The blaze does not pose a threat to any structures.
Part of 117th Avenue has been shut down off 328th Street due to smoke billowing across the roadway. Investigators said visibility could be greatly reduced for motorists this evening. "In this area, depending on the direction of the wind, that smoke is going to die down, and it won't be climbing," said Florida Forest Service official Scott Peterich. "Right now, it's climbing up, but as the humidity increases it will die down, and it will just lay, and so as it lays in the road, and you're going down [the road] and seeing haziness, please be sure that you slow down," he continued.
A separate, 200,000-acre fire burning at the National Cypress Preserve posed a similar challenge to commuters along Alligator Alley in West Broward and Collier counties Tuesday morning. Officials shut down Alligator Alley but have since reopened it. Officials expect similar conditions during the Wednesday morning commute.
Fire investigators have pinpointed a charred tree that caused the blaze, following a lightning strike from Monday's storm.
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