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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 »

  • Turner River Closure

    Turner River is closed due to low water conditions. It is advised that visitors consider paddling Halfway Creek as an alternative. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Portion of Florida National Scenic Trail Closed

    Florida National Scenic Trail as well as its side trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the Orange Blossom Fire. 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.

1/14/2009
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.

1/13/2009
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?

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Before Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States designated Big Cypress as the country's first national preserve, in 1974, he worked as a National Park Ranger at Yellowstone National Park, in 1936. He was the only US President to have worked for the National Park Service.