Brush Fire Burns More Than 800 Acres in South Miami-Dade

Card Sound Road was shut down Monday shortly after it had been opened up following a brush fire near Florida City in south Miami-Dade

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    Less than 50 percent of a brush fire that bruned near Florida City in south Miami-Dade had been contained as of 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Florida Forest Service. NBC 6's Steve Litz reports.

    Less than 50 percent of a brush fire that bruned near Florida City in south Miami-Dade had been contained as of 5:15 p.m. Monday, according to the Florida Forest Service.

    More than 800 acres had burned as of Monday evening, according to the Florida Forest Service, which is the lead agency on the fire. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Police are assisting.

    The fire was crossing Card Sound Road, which has been shut down on and off due to visibility issues since the fire broke out Saturday afternoon. Residents in the area were forced to leave their neighborhoods through a 45-minute detour.

    While there has been no structural damage and no injuries, officials said hot embers from the fire were being blown away by the wind and causing the fire to grow.

    At one point, a fire was put out near a cell phone tower, Forest Service Supervisor Gary Lewis said.

    The cause of the fire is under investigation, Lewis said.

    Efforts to put out the fire have been slowed due to marshy terrain in the area.