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 »
Crews continued to monitor and secure the three fires comprising the Junebug complex today. Interior smoking on the Junebug fire posed no threat to the line, and no smokes were seen on the Sanctuary Strip or Nobles fires.
Demobilization of resources will continue tomorrow and through the weekend.
Containment is estimated at 80 percent, and overall containment is expected on June 1. No injuries have been reported.
This will be the last update unless significant activity occurs.
A growth of one acre due to two new starts north of I-75 being added to the management team's responsibilities. Due to the new starts and other lightning on the Preserve and cooperators' properties, the type-1 helicopter and initial attack resources will be maintained on the fire for another operational shift.
Crews will continue to hold and monitor the Junebug Fire. Smoke did not impact I-75, although single lane closures went into affect while crews unloaded and loaded buggies at the beginning and end of shift yesterday. No additional smoke impacts or road closures are anticipated.
Containment is estimated at 75 percent and no injuries have occurred.
Fire managers will continue to monitor smoke along the highway and improve the current line. Several lightning storms have moved through the area in the past 48 hours, and Junebug fire resources will be available to react to initial attack fires on Big Cypress and cooperators' land.
Impacts to I-75 were limited to single lane closures by the Florida Highway Patrol while crews unloaded equipment along the highway to gain direct access.
Containment is estimated at 50 percent and no injuries have occurred.
Fifty firefighters representing the National Park Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the USDA Forest Service continued their work on the Junebug fire today.
Extensive local resources are engaged, including personnel from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
The Junebug Fire was reported May 24, south of Interstate 75, near mile marker 58. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and is estimated at over 500 acres. Resources from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.
Did You Know?
Big Cypress National Preserve was one of the first national preserves within the National Park System. As a preserve, Big Cypress manages for a broader range of recreational activities, including hunting and off-road vehicle access.