Fire Crews Continue to Battle Strong Brush Fire in Miami-Dade; SW 8th Street Reopened

Officials continued to deal with a major brush fire near the Turnpike in West Miami-Dade County Monday.

Video from NBC 6 viewers showed the flames, which could be seen off of the Florida's Turnpike near Southwest 142nd Avenue and Southwest 8th Street.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews had closed Southwest Eighth Street in both directions between Southwest 137th Avenue and Krome Avenue due to the fire.

"We have spotting, which means that the fire brands are moving with the wind over a mile away," said Tom Coletti from Florida Forest Service. "So we're getting new fires started."

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According to the Forestry Department, the fire has spread over 1,065 acres. Crews were at the scene throughout the night Sunday to make sure it did not jump the road into nearby neighborhoods. 

Forest Service officals were back at the scene Monday morning to continue their efforts to help put out the fire. By Monday evening, officials said the fire is about 75 percent contained.

"We don't know how it started, but we are sure it's human caused becaused there was no lightning," said FFS official Scott Peterich.

On Saturday, a two-acre brush fire shut down a portion of the Florida's Turnpike near Okeechobee Road.

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