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    Big Cypress

    National Preserve Florida

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  • 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 »

2010 Fires and Related Closures

May 26
Fire activity described below was canceled due to poor wind conditions.

May 26
If conditions remain favorable the fire crew will be conducting a prescribed fire in an area south of U.S. 41, east of the Preserve Headquarters complex and west of Burns Lake Road. For a general area map click here.

April 22
If conditions allow prescribed fire activity may take place in the Lostmen's area south of Loop Road today. A total of 4,000 acres may be treated. Activity may take place along the Lostmen's Airboat Trail.

April 16
Pending weather conditions the Fire Division of the Preserve will be conducting prescribed fire activity in the following areas: In the Little Deer area south of Mud Lake, east of Monument and west of Buckskin and also the area near the Little Deer landing strip; near the Frank Camp and surrounding pine islands; near the Buckskin/Monument intersection west.

Approximately 5,000 acres will be treated to reduce hazardous fuels.

January 13, 2010 Prescribed Fire Activity

Did You Know?

Bear in a tree.

Many do not expect to see bears in Florida. Actually, we have a healthy population within the state. Big Cypress is one of their ideal habitats in Southwest Florida. If camping in the area, be sure to keep your camp "bear proof."