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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

Fire Statistics

NUMBER OF FIRES BY YEAR

 

YEAR

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008


Prescribed Fire


15


20


9


24


41


32


Wildfire


16


23


39


7


19


17


Mutual Aid

Wildfire and Prescribed Fire


6


4


3


2


3


2


Total


37


47


51


33


63


51




 

FIRE ACRES BY YEAR

 

YEAR

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008


Prescribed Fire


25,700


29,742


19,702


51,542


83,017


68,830


Wildfire


20,522


10,255


50,945


600


34,846


11,602


Mutual Aid

Wildfire and Prescribed Fire


483


131


2,151


150


1,643


2,116


Total


46,705


40,128


72,798


52,292


119,506


82,548



Did You Know?

Alligator in the swamp.

HP Williams and Oasis Visitor Center are popular places to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically January-May. Do not feed or approach wildlife.