04/29/2011 Fire Up-date
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
As of this morning the active fire within Big Cypress National Preserve has burned approximately 5,000 acres in the central portion of the Preserve. Crews from the National Park Service and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are actively creating fire lines to contain the lightning caused fire and to protect privately owned backcountry camps where necessary.
For safety reasons all primary and secondary trails in the vicinity of the fire are closed to the public. You can find a Google Earth file of the burned area here.
A Type 1 incident management team will begin the management of the fire beginning tomorrow. This team will have the authority to request additional resources to aid in fire suppression as the need arises.
For additional updates go here.
Did You Know?
There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name comes from the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.