A massive fire broke out at a renewable energy plant in Doral, Florida on Sunday and has been burning for six straight days.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava held a news conference Thursday in which she thanked first responders who have worked tirelessly since the fire started to ensure the safety of Doral residents, the Doral Family Journal reported.
“I want to thank the men and women of the Miami-Dade Fire and Police Department for their extraordinary work, working around the clock this week,” said Levine Cava. “Thanks also to our solid waste team who are working to ensure minimal impact on waste services across the county.”
The mayor said there had been “minimal changes” and that the fire was still burning inside the two buildings.
“To create additional access to the fire, our teams began partial demolition of the site yesterday and are making steady progress.”
Mayor Cava issued a statement Friday urging residents to stay indoors.
“As our Miami-Dade Fire first responders continue to battle the Doral Waste Plant fire, residents may experience smoky conditions around the site today. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with EPA guidelines, we advise all residents in affected areas to stay indoors,” Cava wrote.
As for us @miamideadfire As first responders continue to battle the Doral waste plant fire, residents may experience smoky conditions around the site today. Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with EPA guidelines, we advise all residents of affected areas to stay indoors. pic.twitter.com/rrKadcJtdd
— Daniela Levin Cava (@MayorDaniela) February 17, 2023
A report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was released Thursday, stating that smoke from the waste-to-energy incinerator poses a significant health risk for residents west of Doral to advise a “shelter in place,” AOL reported. .
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Parks were closing, schools were affected and residents near Miami-Dade County’s waste-to-energy facility in Doral were urged to stay indoors after an Environmental Protection Agency report showed air quality in the area was at “unhealthy” levels. Earlier this week.
According to the EPA report released Thursday, there were two separate times Wednesday when air quality reached “unhealthy” levels, once at 7 p.m. and another between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. near the west side of the plant.
In a statement posted on the county’s waste fire website Friday, Miami-Dade officials urged all residents living between Northwest 74th Street and Northwest 92nd Street and Northwest 92nd Avenue to Northwest 112th Avenue to stay indoors throughout the day. Said
“Anyone with pre-existing respiratory and cardiac conditions, as well as older adults, young children and pregnant mothers should take extra precautions, such as wearing a mask if you need to be outside,” the county’s message said.
At a press conference, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Ray Jadallah said they had temporarily suspended operations Friday morning to demolish a wall, which caused smoky conditions to increase.
Also, out of an abundance of caution and based on EPA recommendations, Doral Glades Park and Doral Legacy Park are closed immediately until further notice, Doral city officials said. All outdoor programming and all other park events will be rescheduled to a later date All Doral building inspections scheduled for Friday will be rescheduled for Tuesday, February 21st.