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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

Multiple Fires Active in Preserve

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Date: June 15, 2011
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

There are currently four active fires within Big Cypress National Preserve. All are lightning caused fires that began on June 13, 2011. The fires are:

North Bundschu Fire - approximately 2,800 acres
South Bundschu Fire - approximately 900 acres
Kissimmee Billie Fire - approximately 25 acres
Oil Pad Fire - approximately 1,000 acres

You can find a map showing the approximate location of the fire activity by clicking here.

Due to the location of the Oil Pad Fire the Concho Billie, Windmill Tram and Burns Lake access points are closed to all backcountry activity.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

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.