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Photo: Florida Forest Service/Twitter

A smoky wildfire in the Everglades has expanded and continued to burn for a third straight day, but officials said Wednesday they've largely contained it.

Details: Florida Department of Agriculture tweeted the wildfire was burning across 42,000 acres of state-managed land, largely through sawgrass west of the city of Weston. But it's 75% contained after a significant amount of rainfall in the region, the department said.

The big picture: Smoky conditions caused by the blaze prompted authorities to issue a health alert, per CBS Miami. It also caused a section of Interstate 75 through Alligator Alley to temporarily close on Tuesday, according to NBC Miami. The Agriculture Department said in a statement that lightning started the wildfire Sunday evening, as record temperatures struck southern Florida.

  • The blaze has been burning during an unusually warm week in Florida in which Miami-Dade set a new record of 95°F at Miami International Airport, per the National Weather Service.

This article has been updated with new details, including on the fire being mostly contained.

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Federal Reserve expands lending program for small businesses

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell at a news conference in 2019. Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The Federal Reserve said on Friday it would again lower the minimum loan size for its pandemic-era small business program.

Details: Businesses and nonprofits will be able to borrow a minimum of $100,000 from the facility, down from $250,000 — a move that might attract smaller businesses that don't need as hefty of a loan. Since the program launched earlier this year, the minimum loan size has been reduced twice.

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Why it matters: The auto industry is on the cusp of historic technological changes and the next president — as well as the next Congress — could have an extraordinary influence on how the future of transportation plays out.