MIAMI, June 9 (UPI) -- Thick smoke from a fire burning in west Miami-Dade County for a fifth day obstructed visibility for drivers and led to road closures, authorities said.
The fire had grown to 28,000 acres and was about 25 percent controlled Wednesday evening, The Miami Herald reported.
Although the nearest residential area is 8 miles away and no homes were in danger, forestry officials "have plans to protect them" if necessary, David Crane, a commander with the Division of Forestry, said.
The fire, which began about 2 p.m. Sunday, has grown throughout the week.
"It's a very long fire that made a push to the west," Crane said, noting it had approached the edge of a Miccosukee Indian Reservation, where the tribe coordinated with firefighters, providing them with equipment.
"They've been with us for the past two days," Crane said. "We're working hand in hand."