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    National Preserve Florida

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Huckabee Wildfire

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Date: April 1, 2013
Contact: Ryan Stubblebine, 239-695-4758

The National Park Service is working to contain a wildfire within the Big Cypress National Preserve. The exact cause of the fire is unknown and an investigation is underway to determine the origin. It was ignited on March 29, at approximately 1 PM. As of March 31, roughly 20,000 acres have been burned with 40 percent containment.

The fire began just north of the Fire Prairie Trail along Turner River Road and is burning to the west towards Highway 29 and north to Interstate 75. Smoke has been impacting Highway 29 and Interstate 75. Sporadic road closures have been put into place as needed, and may continue. Please exercise caution when traveling in this area. It is the priority of the National Park Service to take appropriate management actions to contain this fire while providing for visitor and resource safety.

For more information on fire activity click here.

Map of Huckabee Fire location

Did You Know?

Many large trees that did exist were harvested in the early 1900s.

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.