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.
Did You Know?
Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.