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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 »

  • 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 »

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 young alligator emerges from its egg.

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.