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Honeymoon Fire

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JUNE 29
The Honeymoon Fire is approximately 850 acres, 50 percent contained.

Resources from the Honeymoon Fire responded to a fire at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, on June 30.

Demobilization of resources is anticipated to begin today.

This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.

The Florida National Scenic Trail is open. However, all associated connecting trails are still closed at this time.

 
JUNE 28
The Honeymoon Fire is approximately 850 acres, 15 percent contained.

Fire crews continue to take action where possible, balancing wilderness tactics with concerns for smoke on I-75. The fire made a few small runs through yesterday, pushed by erratic winds through pine and prairie, but remains close to a mile from I-75. The fire received minimal rain on the western edge, and is expected to be active again today.

Weather forecasts continue to call for generally northerly winds, which indicate smoke could impact I-75; the probability for moderate to heavy rains is also good again today. Firefighters are close to their trigger point at the southern edge of the fire to initiate a burnout to prevent further impacts to I-75.

To ensure visitor safety the Florida National Scenic Trail, as well as all associated connecting trails are closed at this time.

Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire.

Everglades National Park, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.

 
JUNE 28

The Honeymoon Fire is approximately 650 acres, five percent contained. The fire grew actively in the direction of the dominant winds, which were generally light and variable.

Downdrafts from thunderstorms and early lightning storms yesterday kept crews from making significant progress on the fire. Tactics are being governed by the proximity to I-75 and maintaining the integrity of the wilderness.

The fire received 0.2 inches of rain yesterday afternoon, and was showing no active flame at the end of yesterday's shift. However, due to the type of fuels and generally dry fuel conditions, we expect the fire to become active again this morning as the humidity drops.

To ensure visitor safety the Florida National Scenic Trail, as well as all associated connecting trails are closed at this time.

Everglades National Park, JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.

For a map of the location of the fire, please click here.

 
JUNE 27

Honeymoon Wildland Fire- This fire was reported and confirmed by aviation resources June 26, 2014, at 1700, approximately one mile north of Interstate 75, just east of Florida National Scenic Trail.

To ensure visitor safety the Florida National Scenic Trail, as well as all associated connecting trails are closed at this time.

Lightning is believed to be the cause of the fire.

Everglades National Park, JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.

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