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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 »

2009 Fire and Related Closures

December 14, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activity

December 10 -13, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activity

December 2, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activity

June 17, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activity
Pending conditions, the Fire Management Division may be conducting aerial ignition projects in the Windmill/Airplane Prairies and Concho Billie Trail areas of the Preserve. This effort is intended to complete projects that were started prior to March. It is not anticipated that any facility closures will take place as a result of this operation.

June 11, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activity
fire activity will take place 8 miles north of Highway 41 between Oasis Trail and Eleven Mile Road. The burn will occur along the edges of Rock Road and will be bounded by last week's burns. No facility closures are expected. For burn area map, click here.

June 5, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activities
Today the Preserve Fire Crew will be conducting two prescribed fires in areas of the Preserve off 11 Mile Road. These fires are not expected to impact any facilities or roadways. The fires are expected to be active for a number of days. For a map showing approximate areas of activity, click here.

June 3, 2009 Prescribed Fire Activities
Beginning today the Preserve Fire Crew will be conducting three prescribed fires in areas of the Preserve. These fires are not expected to impact any facilities or roadways. The fires are expected to be active for a number of days. For a map showing approximate areas of activity, click here.

2009 "Deep Fire" Fire Activity and Related Closures

April 10, 2009
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. For more information click here.

January 29, 2009
Burning will take place about 5 miles east of Turner River Road and 4 miles north of the intersection with Upper Wagon Weal Road and around the camps of NPS Hill, Charland, Nash, and Wiggins. No facilities are expected to be closed due to fire activities. For map details click here.

January 28, 2009
Prescribed fire activity will be taking place between Turner River and Birdon Roads, south of Upper Wagonwheel Road. Approximately 1000 acres will be treated. For more details click here.

January 23 through 25, 2009
Over the next few days the fire crews within the Preserve will be conducting burn operations late afternoon along east side of Birdon and aerial ignition along the north boundary 4 miles east of HWY 29 as well as around the Headquarters facility. No facility closures are anticipated. For a map showing approximate burn areas click here.

Burning will take place 7 Miles east of Highway 29 and 6 miles north of interstate 75. The R/X fire will take place in the Bear Island area. For area map and more details click here.

The fire crew will be burning around three in-holding Camps just east of Turner River road, the NPS Hill, Anton, and Pekel camps. Pekel is 9.3 miles north of HWY 41 and the Hill camp is 4.2 miles south of I-75. The crew will also be burning along Turner River road between the road bed and the canal, between the camps. For more details 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.