|Published:||Mar 04, 2011 5:26 PM EST|
|Updated:||Mar 04, 2011 2:27 PM EST|
MIAMI-DADE, Fla.- Two massive wildfires are burning in separate parts of our state. Smoke from a massive brush fire in Southwest Miami-Dade County is shutting down parts of US 41. The Central Florida fire burning since Monday, will take at least a week to contain.
If you're heading to the East coast, you'll encounter lots of smoke and road closures. Parts of Tamiami Trail is shut down by Florida Highway Patrol in the east and westbound directions in the southwest portion of Dade County. The road won't re-open until the fire is contained.
By 11 a.m. Friday, 400 acres have burned, that's grown from fifty Friday morning. The high wind is really fueling the blaze. The fire is surrounded by natural barriers, like canals and roads.
Firefighters are not only tackling the blaze, but patroling neighborhoods near the fire to make sure blowing embers do not spark additional fires.
No one has been ordered to evacuate the area but drivers are warned to be on high alert.
Meantime, 26 square miles have been scorched in the "Iron Horse Fire" that's still burning in parts of Brevard and Volusia counties. It will take at least a week to fully contain according to forestry officials.
Brevard County health officials are alerting anyone who is sensitive to smoke to stay indoors.
Smoke from the fire has also caused intermittent closures of sections of Interstate 95 since Monday. Parts of Florida have seen their driest few months in nearly 80 years.