Prescribed fires are planned for the near future. Please the following link to learn more about specific dates and locations. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. More »
Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
Big Cypress has five main vegetation types that we consider when it comes to fire management:
Mixed Grass Prairie
Mixed Hardwood Hammocks
One-hour fuels (grasses and other fine fuels) are a major component of the fire environment in south Florida. Palmetto and wax myrtle are shrub species that also contribute to the fire behavior. The volatile makeup of these species allows them to burn year round, with varying degrees of intensity. These fuels can burn readily with an relative humidity of 57 percent and wind speed of 7 mph. The least extreme fire behavior is experienced in the late summer months when there is hydrologic sheet flow throughout the Preserve. During this time there is standing water in most of the vegetation types.
Wet season (July – October)
Dry season (March – May)
Season transition (November – February & June)
Human caused fire season typically coincides with dry season and increased recreational activity. Lightning fire season can range from April through August. In the early years of the Preserve, wildfires were human caused during the winter. Presently, human caused fires are during the driest months of March – June.
Did You Know?
Alligator hatching season is typically September through October in south Florida. A female can lay up to 50 eggs, about 45 of which will hatch, but only two or three will make it beyond the first two years of life.