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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.

Related: Picayune Strand fire in Collier at 6,000 acres, 50 percent contained, officials say

The wildfire began earlier in the week and temporarily closed U.S. 41 East between State Road 29 and County Road 92.

Related: U.S. 41 now open after wildfire closes US 41 between SR 29 and CR 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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