Picayune fire in Collier grows to almost 7,000 acres but 70 percent contained
A brush fire in Picayune Strand State Forest has grown to 6,958 acres and was 70 percent contained as of Wednesday evening.
No structures are threatened, said Samantha Quinn, a wildfire mitigation specialist with the Caloosahatchee Forestry Center.
A day earlier, the fire covered 6,000 acres and was 50 percent contained.
The wildfire began earlier in the week and temporarily closed U.S. 41 East between State Road 29 and County Road 92.
This brush fire is "an escaped prescribed burn," said Clark Ryals, acting public information officer for the Florida Forest Service.
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