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Deer Hammock Wildfire

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Date: July 5, 2012
Contact: General Park Information, 305-242-7700
Contact: Leslie Velarde, 305-224-4260

Deer Hammock Wildfire

HOMESTEAD, Florida - Everglades National Park's Fire Management Division is managing a lightning ignited wildfire which started Tuesday July 3rd. It has now burned approximately 1500 acres and is 45% contained. The fire is located approximately 20 miles from park's main entrance.

Assisting Everglades National Park in managing the fire, are firefighters form U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Big Cypress National Preserve. Resources involved are three engines, two helicopters, and one Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT). Yesterday, firefighters conducted burnouts to contain the fire south and east of the main park road.

Potential closures along main park road resulting in reduced access to Flamingo may occur.  No park structures or visitor facilities are currently threatened. Firefighters are actively managing fire activity in order to protect Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow habitat that is located adjacent to the fire.

More information on Everglades National Park Fire Management Division can be found on the park website at http://www.nps.gov/ever/parkmgmt/firemanagement.htm


Did You Know?

Indigo Snake

Of the 27 species of snakes in Everglades National Park, only four are venomous – the cottonmouth, the diamondback rattlesnake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake, and the coral snake. The snake to the left is the non-venomous, endangered Indigo Snake.