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Brush Fire in SW Miami-Dade Continues to Burn as Officials Urge Caution

Brush fires are more likely to occur amid high winds and dry conditions.

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A brush fire that scorched hundreds of acres in southwest Miami-Dade continued to burn for a second day Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responded to the fire after 4 p.m. Tuesday near SW 137th Avenue and 8th Street, near residences and businesses, just west of Florida International University.

The fire has burned about 380 acres as of Wednesday evening. It is contained and does not pose any current threat to any surrounding areas or structures, but officials say the containment is down to 40 percent after being as high as 70 percent on Wednesday.

Brush fires are more likely to occur amid high winds and dry conditions. Officials reminded residents to keep windows and doors closed and run air conditioners if there is a fire in the area.

A battle to contain a brush fire in southwest Miami-Dade continues. NBC 6's Kim Wynne reports

"What we’re suggesting, if you have respiratory issues try to avoid the area," said Erika Benitez with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. "If you’re at home or in your vehicle traveling, please keep your windows closed and your AC recirculating inside your vehicle or your home."

The Florida Forest Service joined Miami-Dade Fire in its firefighting efforts.

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