2014 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, April 7, 2013, the Zone 4 airboat access within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed due to low water conditions. More »
Turner River Closure
Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »
Beginning January 27, through August 28, Burns Lake Campground will be closed to camping. It will still be accessible for day use and backcountry access, however. 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 »
Fire Crews Prepare for 2014 Prescribed Fire Season
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Natural lightning fires were a regular feature of the land long before the development of roads and human settlements. Natural plant communities found in south Florida evolved to depend on fire for reproduction and overall health.
Recognizing the value of fire in the ecosystem, national preserve managers use prescribed burning to not only protect property and maintain human safety, but also to maintain the natural processes fire dependent communities rely on.
Big Cypress National Preserve anticipates burning approximately 20,000 acres in 2014, and potentially more, as conditions and funding allow.
There are four areas Big Cypress will be focusing on in the coming year:
Implementation of burn operations is dependent upon a variety of conditions. The above are goals that the National Park Service aims to achieve during the prescribed fire season, which in Florida is typically from October through April. For more information on the fire program at Big Cypress and current fire activity, go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
Private property owners within the national preserve are encouraged to maintain a defensible fire perimeter around their structures. For more information on the Florida State Forest Service "Firewise" program go to - http://www.nps.gov/bicy/
For more information about the role prescribed fires play at Big Cypress, please click here.
Big Cypress National Preserve has one of the largest prescribed burning program in the National Park System, typically burning more than 60,000 acres, annually.
Did You Know?
There are few "big cypress" in Big Cypress National Preserve. The name actually refers to the great expanse of cypress forest, hundreds of thousands of acres, within the Big Cypress Swamp.