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Florida brush fire threatens Indian reservation

By Vivian Kuo, CNN
The fire has burned more than 33,500 acres west of Miami, Florida.
The fire has burned more than 33,500 acres west of Miami, Florida.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The fire west of Miami has burned through at least 33,500 acres
  • Officials say favorable winds have been aiding firefighting efforts
  • No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported
RELATED TOPICS
  • Wildfires
  • Florida
  • Miami

(CNN) -- Firefighters in Florida executed a controlled burn Thursday to try to keep a large brush fire from reaching property belonging to the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians west of Miami.

Drought conditions combined with dry brush have been fueling the blaze, which has consumed at least 33,500 acres across the southern part of the state and is about 50% contained, officials said.

They said favorable winds have been aiding firefighting efforts.

"Right now they're helping. As long as it stays to the east and doesn't turn too much, we won't have too much spotting," said Scott Peterich, wildfire mitigation specialist with the Florida Division of Forestry.

Peterich said the community where the backburning was done is a small one with approximately six to seven residents. He was unsure whether an evacuation order had been issued.

"We've got a favorable wind, so we want to go ahead and burn the fuel out and get rid of it," he said.

The forestry agency received the first notification of the brush fire on Sunday.

Peterich said the blaze was sparked by some of the approximately 200 recreational vehicles -- either motorcycles or four-wheelers -- that people had been driving in the area that day.

"One or more vehicles started the fire," he said. "It just started to run. It ran and ran, and the fire jumped Krome Avenue and then moved on into the area it is right now."

No structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported, officials said.

 
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