Preserve Implements Fire Restrictions
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Pedro Ramos, Superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve, announced today that the National Park Service (NPS) will implement a fire use restriction on NPS lands within the preserve boundaries.
Effective immediately, and until further notice, the lighting or maintaining of a fire, including campfires, in the backcountry is prohibited. Campfires are restricted to developed campgrounds in established fire grates or fire rings and only while attended.
"This restriction is necessary due to the extreme high fire danger brought about by the lack of rainfall accompanied with dry, windy conditions creating red flag fire weather." Ramos stated.
The preserve is now in extreme fire danger, similar conditions exist throughout south Florida. No relief to the dry condition is anticipated until the onset of the summer rainy season, which typically begins in May.
Preserve Fire personnel will be conducting safety patrols while the restriction is in effect to observe conditions, engage the public and discuss the extreme fire weather present throughout the Preserve when the opportunity presents itself.
Those who witness unauthorized burning on NPS lands within the Preserve boundary should report it to the NPS at 800-342-5869 or #NPS on a your cellular phone.
Did You Know?
Within the preserve, the HP Williams and Oasis Wildlife Viewing Platforms are popular areas to see alligators. The best time to see large congregations of alligators is typically from January through May. Remeber not to feed or approach these dangerous animals.