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    Brushfires scorch hundreds of acres in Miami-Dade

    News partner NBC 6
    Posted April 7 2005, 1:37 PM EDT

    MIAMI -- Recent hot weather in South Florida has dried things out and invited brush fires, according to a news partner NBC 6 report on Thursday.

    State Division of Forestry officials are keeping a close watch on a brush fire in west Miami-Dade County that has burned 425 acres of land so far. Firefighters said the blaze is about 50 percent contained and no homes are in danger at this time.

    Earlier this week in south Miami-Dade, another brush fire on Card Sound Road burned 50 acres of land. In Palm Beach County, a 20-acre blaze started burning Wednesday near Lynn University in Boca Raton and flareed up again on Thursday.

    The fire in west Miami-Dade County started Tuesday along Krome Avenue and Southwest 8th Street, just north of Tamiami Trail.

    Trail Glades Gun Range near the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming casino is being used as a command post by firefighters, who have been working long hours monitoring the fire.

    "We are tired and the thing is we have most of our units committed to another fire down south off of U.S. 1 and Card Sound Road," firefighter Gabriel Llamas said. "Fortunately, there's nothing in there that is in danger. It's just vegetation. The vegetation is drying up, however the ground is still holding a lot of moisture. That's causing another problem for us with our vehicles, we're getting stuck."

    Firefighters and forestry officials used helicopters Thursday to drop water on the flames and help control the fire.

    "The way we've been putting it out now is literally with water and foam and just smashing down the line with the track unit," Llamas said. "As I roll on it, my partner is on the nozzle and we're squirting the fire out."

    Meanwhile, residents told NBC 6's Sharon Lawson they are confident they'll be kept out of harm's way.

    "I feel pretty secure," Eduardo Quinonez said. "We have two canals -- one on the south side and one of the west side, so I feel pretty safe."

    Officials are still investigating the cause of the brush fire but at this time they believe it may have been caused by an all terrain vehicle.
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