MiamiHerald / The recent series of large brush fires along Card Sound Road — one of only two roads leading in and out of the Florida Keys — may be the result of arsonists or careless off-road vehicle riders, according to firefighters battling the blazes.

Officials have closed both Card Sound Road and the 18 Mile Stretch of U.S. 1 several times since Sunday because smoke from the fires frequently pours onto the roadway and limits visibility.

Most of the fires have been off of Card Sound Road. A 15-acre fire grew to 60 acres between Monday and Tuesday, and a new 30-acre fire started Wednesday morning. By noon, that fire jumped from the east side of the roadway to the west side, prompting officials to close both northbound and southbound lanes.

“We don’t give it a containment yet because it keeps flaring up,” said Terrance Gadson, Florida area supervisor for the Florida Forest Service.

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