Rain on Tuesday provided a much needed helping hand to the firefighters in taking control over the Brush Fire which had grown hugely to approximately 2100 acres in Miami-Dade County. A brush fire is a fire in low growing scrubby trees and bushes, that is different from forest fires.
This Grand Lake fire has been on since Sunday in west Kendall, a Miami suburb. High temperatures of around 32°C and winds gusting up to 41 kmph fueled the fire on Monday, forcing people to evacuate the area. As many as 10 buildings were threatened, including the Lincoln Marti Daycare. Around 25 students were moved from one school to another school due to the fire threat. Employees of The Pit Bar-B-Q restaurant, which is located on SW 8th street and is a 50-years-old restaurant, were told to vacate the premises as a precautionary measure.
By Tuesday evening around 70 percent of the fire was considered to be under control. According to Florida Forest Service, this fire is one of the 19 active wildfires across Miami state on Tuesday. According to the latest drought monitor, the Miami-Dade County is under moderate to severe drought.
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