Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Everglades National Park Announces Road Closures
Contact: Larry Perez, 305-338-3499
For Immediate Release
Larry Perez, Public Information Officer
May 15, 2008
In the interest of safety, Everglades National Park is announcing the temporary closure of Richmond Drive (SW 168th Street) west of the park border. Park personnel and heavy equipment are currently working in the area to contain the Mustang Corner Fire. The closure, in effect for both motorized and non-motorized vehicles, is required to guarantee access for fire personnel and minimize risks to visitor and employee safety. Access to all affiliated roads beyond the closure point will also be restricted.
The Mustang Corner Fire was first reported south of Chekika early Wednesday morning. By early Thursday, the fire spanned approximately 13,000 acres and threatened to impact nesting habitat of the federally endangered Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. Presently, the fire poses no danger to structures or visitor facilities. It is believed the fire was human-caused.
Did You Know?
Though there are likely thousands of alligators in the Everglades, they remain protected because of their close resemblance to the far more endangered American crocodile. Can you identify which this one is?