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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

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  • Campground Closure

    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 »

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    Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »

Preserve Implements Campfire Restrictions

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Date: April 17, 2013
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107

Pedro Ramos, Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve, announced today that due to severely dry, windy conditions, and local fire danger index Big Cypress National Preserve will be implementing campfire restrictions. 

Effective immediately, and until further notice, the lighting and maintaining of a fire, including campfires, in the backcountry is prohibited. Campfires are restricted to developed campgrounds in established fire grates or fire rings only, and must be attended at all times.

"This restriction is necessary due to extreme fire danger brought about by the lack of rainfall. No relief to the dry condition is anticipated until the onset of the summer rainy season, which typically begins in May." Ramos stated.

Tips for those attending a campfire in an established area include:
- Keep a shovel and water close at hand.
- To extinguish your fire, drown the fire with about 5 gallons of water.
- Stir the coals to wet all the embers.
- Feel to ensure that the coals are dead out.

For more information on the role fire within the Preserve click here.
For information on other closures click here.

Did You Know?

A purple galinule walking along spadder dock.

The purple galinule though one of the most colorful birds in Big Cypress, is often well camouflaged. Look carefully along canal edges and gator holes for this beautiful bird. Many of the surrounding colors blend well with the birds feathers.