A fire burning in Picayune Strand burning nearly 7,000 acres is 70 percent contained as of Wednesday.
The fire was started when a prescribed burn by the Florida Forest Service blew out of control earlier this week. Smoke from the fire previously closed stretches of U.S. 41 near Marco Island and Everglades City.
Forestry crews have been conducting controlled burns over the winter to burn away underbrush and kindling that could be used to fuel wildfires.
Last year in March a fire that started in the Picayune Strand State Forest, called the Lee Williams Road fire, burned over 7,000 acres, destroyed a handful of structures, and forced evacuations.
No structures are at risk from the current fire, but smoke from the fire could continue to linger in the area. The Florida Department of Health in Collier County advises those who have respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD, or those with heart or lung disease, to stay indoors and keep windows closed if they live in an area affected by wildfire smoke, as the smoke can aggravate those conditions.
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