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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 »

2014 Fire & Related Closures

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JULY 22
Big Cypress fire personnel will be conducting prescribed burning in the Calstones/Little Deer area, July 22-26. The total acreage is approximately 19,000 acres. Method of ignition will be hand, as well as aerial ignition.

Burning operations will depend on weather conditions for the day.

For details on the location of the fire, please click here.

 
JUNE 26

Honeymoon Wildland Fire - This fire was detected June 26, 2014, at 1700, approximately one mile north of Interstate 75, just east of Florida National Scenic Trail. Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire.

For details on the fire, please click here.

 

JUNE 24
Big Cypress Prescribed Fire crew will be burning the Lostman's Pines area, south of Loop Road, and north of Oasis Visitor Center in the Raccoon Point area, during the week of June 23. The total acreage is approximately 30,000 acres.

Efforts will be focused on securing camps along Pace's Dike, threatened and endangered species in the area, and preparing for large-scale aerial ignition throughout the upcoming week.

Burning operations will depend on weather conditions for the day.

For details on the fire, please click here.

 

JUNE 22
Prescribed fire crews will attempt to burn approximately 270 acres of Unit 8 of Raccoon Point, located north of Pad 1 and south of Pad 4.

Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day. For a map of the vicinity, please click here.

 
JUNE 15
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killet Wildland Fire - This fire was detected June 14, 2014, at 1700, approximately .25 miles south of Highway 41, between Skillet Strand and national preserve headquarters. Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire. For details on the fire, please click here.
 
MAY 25
Junebug Wildland Fire -
This fire started May 24, 2014. For details on fire activity click here.
 

APRIL 22
Orange Blossom Wildland Fire -
This lightning-caused fire started in the afternoon of April 22, 2014. For details on fire activity click here.

 

APRIL 21
The MM 54 Fire was reported around 5:30 pm on Saturday, April 19, south of Interstate 75, by Mile Marker 54. Six firefighters, two swamp buggies, and one type-3 helicopter were employed. The 10-acre-fire is 90 percent contained with no visible smoke. Firefighters will be on-scene to continue mop up operations throughout the day.

 

MARCH 31 (CANCELLED. RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 10)
Prescribed fire crews will attempt to burn 2,500 acres south of headquarters and along Highway 41 March 31 through April 2. This burn will be conducted using aerial ignition. Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day. Click here for a map of the proposed burn area.

 

MARCH 20
The Burns Fire was controlled and contained as of 5:00 pm today. No smokes have been seen within the fire perimeter since yesterday afternoon. The fire will be placed in monitor status for the foreseeable future.

 

MARCH 16
The Burns Lake Fire was reported around 5:30 pm on Saturday, March 15, east of Turner River Road, north of Burns Lake. Five Big Cypress personnel, aided by increasing nighttime relative humidity, stopped fire growth at around five acres. No structures, roads, or known threatened and endangered habitat were threatened. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Three buggies and aviation resources will be patrolling the edge of the fire today and mopping up. Winds today and tomorrow are expected to gust up to 20-25 miles-per-hour, but RHs are expected to stay well above critical thresholds.

 

FEBRUARY 18
During the week of the 17th, prescribed fire crews will attempt to burn slash piles at Bass Lake and/or the Bear Island Pad-3 area.
Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day.

 

JANUARY 27
There will be prescribed burn operations in the Little Deer area of the national preserve January 26-30. Trainees from the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center will also be on-site. They will be working on qualifications, training, and assisting with burn operations. Trainees come from all over the United States as well as from other countries. Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day.
Please see map for more details.

For more information regarding the prescribed fire program at Big Cypress, please click here.

 

JANUARY 21
Prescribed fire crews will attempt to burn the area between Upper and Lower Wagonwheel Road on the western end of the national preserve on January 23 or 24. Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day. For a map of anticipated burn area, please click here.

 

JANUARY 16
Over the next three weeks prescribed fire crews will attempt to burn in several locations within the national preserve. Additional notification will be provided with the exact location within three to four days of the anticipated burn. Burn operations will depend on weather conditions for the day.
For a map of anticipated burn areas, please click here.

 

DECEMBER 4, 2013
Details on goals for the 2013-14 prescribed fire season announced. For more information click here.

Did You Know?

Airboat traveling through wet prairies.

Airboats are one of the approved ways to access remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve. Remember, all off-road vehicle access requires a valid permit, and visitors operating ORVs need to know the legal areas they can operate.