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Big Cypress Initiates FY 12 Prescribed Fire Season

Prescribed fire along the wildland urban interface of Alligator Alley.
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News Release Date: October 31, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

On Wednesday, October 26 the Fire and Aviation Division at Big Cypress National Preserve initiated the beginning of the FY 2012 prescribed fire season. 

The division carried out a safe and successful operation using aerial ignition in an area of pinelands and prairies south of Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley.) The fire burned approximately 3,000 acres and was the first prescribed fire mission for the Preserve's new helicopter pilot Fred Goodwin. Favorable conditions allowed the operation to take place adjacent to the wildland urban interface along the Alley corridor with no disruption of travel. 

Resources committed to the operation included 1 helicopter, 1 type 3 engine, 1 fire buggy and 9 people.

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."