• The Florida panther's steely gaze - NPS/RALPH ARWOOD

    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »

Big Cypress Fire Complex Update II

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: May 16, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Chris Worth, Incident Information Officer

Fire Facts

Date Started: May 4, 2007; Cause of Ignition: Lightning; Location: north & east of Everglades City; Size: 17,200 acres; Percent Contained: 30%; Est. Containment: Unknown; Aircraft: 3; Handcrews: 2; Equipment: 3 Engines, 2 Dozers; Number of Personnel: 132; Injuries to date: None

All facilities remain open within the Preserve that are typically open during this season. No privately owned structures have been damaged due to fires.

The BICY Complex is currently made up of several, major fires:

· Strickland Fire, located north of I-75, and, west of Levee 28 Interceptor Canal is estimated at 10,000 acres. Midrest Fire, situated north of I-75 and west of the Strickland Fire is estimated at 3,900 acres. FT6 Fire, located north of Highway 41 and east of the Florida National Scenic Trail is estimated at 1,900 acres. The Trail Fire located south of I-75 and north of the FT6 Fire is estimated at 450 acres. The HP Fire is estimated at 950 acres and is situated south of Highway 41, in the vicinity of Turner River Canoe Trail.

Yesterday’s Fire Activities:

· Firefighters continued prep for burnout operations between the Strickland Fire and the rural community of Sanctuary to remove fuels and check the northeast spread of the flame front. The Strickland Fire is actively burning both north and south of I-75, Helicopters made numerous water drops to “cool” the heavily burning fuels along the I-75 corridor. I-75 is open and passable to travelers.

· The FT6 Fire spotted across the 11 Mile Road, but no private in-holdings or oil field equipment is threatened. Firefighters continue to patrol and mop up for hot spots along the outer edges of the FT6.

· Fire behavior was slow to inactive on most fires due to continuing but scattered precipitation through out the afternoon, except the northern part of the Strickland fire where little to no precipitation was received. The Midrest Fire and other fires in the complex remained in a monitoring status.

Today’s Planned Events:

· As weather conditions permit, firefighters will continue to prep for and attempt burnout operations along lines immediately east of the Strickland Fire to protect the community. Resources will continue to patrol and mop-up the spot fires south of the I-75 corridor to secure the corridor. On the FT6 Fire, firefighters will also continue to conduct patrol and mop-up operations on the spot east of the 11 mile road. All other fires will remain in a monitoring status.

Weather Forecast:

Temperature 88, winds NE 9, and relative humidity 52% with continuing precipitation. As temperatures warm and precipitation decreases, fire activity will likely increase.

For more information on fire operations and updates visit -

The National Inter-agency Fire Center's (NIFC) Incident Information Site - www.inciweb.org

NIFC documents related to the Big Cypress Complex Fires (includes maps and other Geographical Information System (GIS) items. Some files are very large and may download slowly.) - ftp://ftp.nifc.gov/Incident_Specific_Data/Southern/Florida/07_BICY_Complex

Did You Know?

Hunters entering the Preserve on a swamp buggy. Photo courtesy of Jack Moller.

Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.