Card Sound Road is back open Tuesday morning after being shut down twice because of a stubborn brush fire.
More than 1,200 acres have burned near the road in and out of the Keys, according to the Florida Forest Service.
The blaze forced authorities to close Card Sound Road on Monday — for the second time since the fire started Saturday — because of the heavy smoke. It is now open to traffic, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
“Everything is so dry down there, the fire continues to spread,” said Suzanne Ethridge, of the forest service.
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The Miami-Dade Fire Department and the forest service have been battling the blaze since Saturday afternoon. By Monday it was 45 percent contained, Ethridge said.
Fire officials said the dry conditions and the soft land make it difficult to extinguish the fire.
“The ground is super soft between the two roads, which makes it difficult for our equipment to get,” Gary Lewis with the forest service told Miami Herald news partner CBS 4 at the scene. “We got one stuck in there right now — we’re trying to get it loose.”
With the closing of Card Sound Road, which connects Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys, drivers had to use U.S. 1.
Investigators are investigating how the blaze started.