Everglades Fire Mostly Contained After Another Day of Rain

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The large brush fire in the Florida Everglades that’s burning for a third straight day has expanded, but officials have contained the brunt of the blaze.

At least 42,000 acres were burning west of U.S. 27 and north of Interstate 75, officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Wednesday evening. The fire was 75 percent contained.

Smoke from the fire led to a short-lived closure of Alligator Alley westbound from US-27 in Broward County and eastbound from State Road 29 in Collier County on Tuesday.

Officials said the fire, which started Sunday night, received significant rainfall Wednesday. 

Officials said the fire started with a lightning strike.

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