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MAY 02
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 3,828 acres, 85 percent contained. Plans for today include continuing mop-up operations. No active fire was seen.

Operations continued on the Orange Blossom Fire, following a transition from the Southern Area Blue Team to a type-3 organization. Extensive local resources remain engaged, including 85 personnel and representatives from all the local Department of Interior units, the US Forest Service, and several state agencies.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity.

To date, no injuries have been reported.

This will be the last update unless there is a significant change.

 

MAY 01
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 3,828 acres, 85 percent contained. Plans for tomorrow include continuing to secure the east, south, and north lines, with continued mop up in these areas. No active fire was seen on the western edge, which remains, in places, some distance from containment lines.

The Local Area Type-3 Team took over the Orange Blossom fire today from the Southern Area Blue Team. Extensive local resources remain engaged, including 164 personnel and representatives from all the local Department of Interior units, the US Forest Service, and several state agencies.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

To date, no injuries have been reported.

 

APRIL 30
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 3,828 acres, 80 percent contained. Plans for tomorrow include continuing to secure the east, south, and north lines, with continued mop up in these areas. No active fire was seen on the western edge, which remains, in places, some distance from containment lines.

The Southern Area Blue Team, and extensive local resources remain engaged, including 164 personnel from all the local Department of Interior units, the US Forest Service, and several state agencies

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

To date, no injuries have been reported.

 

APRIL 29
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 3,791 acres, 70 percent contained. Plans for today include continuing to secure the east, south, and north lines. The fire will be monitored on the western edge as it moves to containment lines, and action will be taken to contain it within that boundary.

The Southern Area Blue team took over the Orange Blossom fire yesterday from the local type-3 team. Extensive local resources remain engaged, including 172 personnel from all the local Department of Interior agencies and the US Forest Service.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

To date there have been no injuries on the fire.
 

APRIL 28
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 2,822 acres, 40 percent contained.

Due to the complexity of the fire, management has moved from a Type-3 Incident Management Team, to a Type-1 team. The Southern Area Blue Team will begin managing the fire beginning today.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

 

APRIL 27
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 2,088 acres, 30 percent contained.

Seventy firefighters, seven buggies, one type-6 engine, one SEAT, one type-2 helicopter, and one type-1 helicopter are employed. Resources from Everglades National Park, US Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida State Forest Service, and several US Fish & Wildlife Refuges are assisting.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

 

APRIL 26
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 1,162 acres, 30 percent contained.

Sixty-four firefighters, seven buggies, one type-6 engine, one SEAT, two type-3 helicopters, and one type-1 helicopter are employed. Resources from Everglades National Park, US Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida State Forest Service, and several US Fish & Wildlife Refuges are assisting.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

 

APRIL 25
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 975 acres, 30 percent contained. Forty-four firefighters, five buggies, one type-6 engine, one SEAT, two type-3 helicopters, and one type-1 helicopter are employed. Resources from Everglades National Park, Florida State Forest Service, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.

To ensure visitor safety, the Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 are closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

 

APRIL 24
The Orange Blossom Fire is estimated at 514 acres, moving east. Forty firefighters, five buggies, one type-6 engine, one SEAT, and two type-3 helicopters are employed. Resources from Everglades National Park, Florida State Forest Service, and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting. The fire is 15 percent contained.

The Florida National Scenic Trail as well as associated connecting trails north of Interstate 75 will be closed due to the fire activity. Please click here for a map of the location.

 

APRIL 23
The Orange Blossom Fire was reported April 22, east of Nobles Grade, three miles north of Interstate 75. The fire was started by lightning and is estimated at 240 acres, moving east. Resources from Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.

Portions of the Florida National Scenic Trail that are east of Nobles Grade will be closed due to the fire activity. Nobles Grade and sections to the north are still open at this time and should not be impacted today. Employees and public are advised to avoid the area east of Nobles Grade and west of the L-28 canal.
Please click here for a map of the location.

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