Card Sound Road shut down due to brushfire

SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Card Sound Road has been shut down due to a bushfire.

The fire has been burning in South Miami-Dade since Friday afternoon.

On Monday, the fire spread towards Card Sound Road, leading officials to shut the road down in both directions.

The road remains closed Tuesday morning.

Officials said the goal was to keep the fire from spreading to the next conservation area, and they have succeeded in that so far.

“To hold it at Card Sound Road and not let it jump over into the next conservation area, which would then threaten eventually U.S. 1,” said Florida Forest Service official Kevin MacEwen. “You know, it was kind of spiraling around. There’s a lot of wet areas, a lot of dry areas, and it was really hard to get a handle on, and it was hard to get equipment in here.”

Florida Forest Service officials urge motorists to take U.S. 1 as an alternate route for those heading in or out of the Keys.

It started in the area of Southwest 137th Avenue and 360th Street.

More than 11,000 acres have been torched, and the Forest Service dropped buckets of water hoping to douse the flames sooner than later.

“It will continue to smoke tonight and tomorrow, but it will be slowly decreasing,” MacEwen said.

The fire is said to be more than 70% contained.

No injuries have been reported.

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