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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

Recreational Access Closure Due to Fire Activities

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Date: May 21, 2007
Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Chris Worth, Incident PIO

On May 20, 2007 acting Superintendent Pedro Ramos ordered an emergency Closure and Public Use Limit due to the fire emergency existing within Big Cypress National Preserve. The closure includes the Florida National Scenic Trail (Florida Trail) from US 41 North to the Northern Boundary of the Preserve; all Addition Lands North of I-75; and, Addition Lands South of I-75 and East of Turner River Road. Additionally, today (5/21/2007) the closure was extended to include the Bear Island Unit of the original Preserve.

These areas will be closed to all recreational activities.

This closure was implemented through the posting of signs at the appropriate access points.

These closures are temporary due to the emergency nature of the fire conditions and will be rescinded or modified as appropriate. These changes will be communicated by the posting of signs and future press releases.

For further details related to fire activity within the Preserve visit:

http://www.inciweb.org/ ftp://ftp.nifc.gov/Incident_Specific_Data/SOUTHERN/Florida/07_BICY_Complex

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