Fire Leads To Temporary Closure Of U.S. 1 Near Florida City

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A brush fire near Florida City created a traffic detour for drivers traveling to or from Monroe County on U.S. 1 on Saturday, May 17th.

North and southbound lanes on US-1 have been reopened.The fire has been contained.

Both sides had been closed most of the day due to the brush fire near mile marker 124 of US-1.

That stretch of road connects Florida City to Key Largo.  Officials closed the highway to traffic due to the fire and smoky conditions in the area.

Forestry officials say at least 140 acres were burned.

May 17, 2014: A closer view of a fire that forced the closure of U.S. 1. (Source: Lt. Al Ramirez, MCSO)

May 17, 2014: A closer view of a fire that forced the closure of U.S. 1. (Source: Lt. Al Ramirez, MCSO)

The toll on the roadway had been lifted.

Drivers were asked to allow extra time for their ride.

May 17, 2014: A brush  fire forced the closure of U.S. 1 in both directions. (Source: Lt. Al Ramirez, MCSO)

May 17, 2014: A brush fire forced the closure of U.S. 1 in both directions. (Source: Lt. Al Ramirez, MCSO)

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