Skillet Wildland Fire - This 35-acre fire was detected June 14, 2014, at 1700, approximately .25 miles south of Highway 41, between Skillet Strand and national preserve headquarters.
The fire is approximately 0.5 miles from both a private structure and an eagle nest. At this time, neither are threatened. Potential for fire impacts to the structure and nest are being considered and addressed.
The fire is burning in pineland, but has the potential to move into mixed hardwood to the north and mangrove, to the south. It is predominately cypress to the east and recently burned prairie to the west. Fire resources are considering a burnout along Highway 41 to minimize long term smoke impacts along the road.
Winds are predicted to be light, which leaves a slight possibility for smoke impacts to Highway 41; Florida Highway Patrol has been notified and will be monitoring the situation. Light winds are expected with fair dispersion through the burn period.
Everglades National Park and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are assisting.