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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • Annual 60-Day ORV Closure for Wheeled Vehicles

    Beginning at 12:01 am Monday, June 2, the annual 60-day recreational ORV closure for all units of the Preserve that allow for wheeled ORV access will begin. The closure will be lifted on Friday, August 1. More »

  • Secondary Trail Closure

    Effective 8/1/2014, following the 60-day recreational ORV closure, only the designated primary trails in the backcountry will be open to recreational ORV use and access. All secondary trails will remain closed on an interim basis for an additional 60-days More »

  • Campground Closure

    All campgrounds but Midway and the loop in the Bear Island Campground are closed through August 29. 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 »

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

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