Currently there is fire activity within the Preserve. More »
2013 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 8, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. 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 »
Beginning Monday, May 13 through Friday, August 16 camping will be available at the Midway Campground and the “loop” in the Bear Island Campground within Big Cypress National Preserve. All other established campgrounds will be closed. More »
Big Cypress Fire Complex XII
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Art Wirtz, Incident PIO, 602-206-6816
The BICY Complex consists of one major fire. Because of continued dry and windy conditions the two previous Strickland and Midrest fires have burned together consolidating approximately 24 miles of fire line on the north side of I-75 from mile marker 52 to mile marker 76. Potential remains for rapid fire movement towards the western and northern Preserve boundaries.
No private properties damaged due to fire, to date.
The mandatory evacuation and closure of recreational and private landowner access to the BearIsland Unit and the AdditionLands north of I-75 and west of the northerly portion of the Turner River Road remains in force. The previous closure of the Florida Scenic National Trail from US Highway 41 north to the Preserve’s northern boundary; and, a closure of the Addition Lands north and south of I-75 and east of Turner River Road to all recreational access remains in effect.
Yesterday’s Fire Activities:
- The fire area was very inaccessible, with highly flammable fuels. Extreme drought allowed the fire to burn through areas that are normally covered by water.
- The fire’s main flame front remains approximately 4 miles east of Highway 29 (north of I-75).
Burning operations were initiated on the east side of Florida Panther National Wildlife reserve west of Highway 29.This action was to reduce fuels and the chance of fire spreading to the west from the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Date Started: May 4, 2007; Cause of Ignition: Lightning; Location: 23 miles N/E Everglades City; Size: 58,258 acres; Percent contained: 60%; Est. Containment: Unknown; Aircraft: 5; Handcrews: 10; Equipment: Engines 14, Dozers 2; Number of Personnel: 393; Injuries to date: one
Today’s Planned Events:
- Continue the burn out operation covering 3,036 acres along the eastern boundary of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) to secure the western boundary of the fire front. Previous prescribed fires on the Refuge have reduced significantly the fuels in the area with only a slight accumulation of surface fuels in the last three years.
- Work on the north and west sides of both fires will continue using swamp buggies, aircraft, and tracked vehicles to help with suppression efforts.
- Firefighters will continue extinguishing “hot spots” and mopping up the fire’s northern perimeter and they will continue to conduct patrols along I-75 to guard against any potential escape across the interstate or the Florida Scenic Trail or Bear Island Unit
Temperature: High 91, winds E/NE 10-14 mph with gusts of 20 mph, and a relative humidity of 43%.
Did You Know?
Please do not feed any of the wildlife within the preserve. A "fed bear is a dead bear." This bear was fed and eventually became a threat to visitor safety. Nuisance wildlife is sometimes removed, but typically does not survive.