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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

2011 Fire & Related Closures

December 6-8
Prescribed fire activity continues in the vicinity east of Concho Billie Trail and north of Mud Lake and Mud Lake Bypass Trails (see map here.) Burning will take place during the middle of the week to minimize conflict with weekend visitation. Last week crews were able to burn within 2,000 acres of the southern portion of the proposed 7,000 acre operational area.

November, 30 through December, 1 -
Prescribed Fire Activity

October, 31 -
Preserve Initiates FY12 Prescribed Fire Season

June 15, Present
Oil Pad Fire Complex - Several fires were started by lightning on Sunday, June 12, 2011. for more information on fire activities click here.

April 26 through May 23
Jarhead Wildland Fire -
This fire started in the afternoon of April 26, 2011. It is 100% contained as of May 23, 2011. The fire is not yet extinguished, hot spots may still be found within the interior of the containment area. For details on fire activity click here.

Did You Know?

A great white heron scratches its neck. Notice the color of the legs.

The great white heron is very similar to the great white egret. However, look closely and you will see that the heron has yellow legs, while the egret has black legs. The great white heron is found only in south Florida in the United States. It can also be found on several caribbean islands.