Big Cypress National Preserve Prescribed Fire Plan FY21
Release Date: Immediate
Contact: Orlando Genao, Orlando_Genao@nps.gov, 239-695-9280 x 1316 (AFMO); or the Big Cypress Duty Officer 239-719-0241.
Annual Prescribed Fire Notification OCHOPEE, FL – This is the annual prescribed fire notification for Big Cypress National Preserve Fire and Aviation program. This press release outlines the areas that will be targeted for fuels treatments in Fiscal Year 2021. Please see the attached map. Big Cypress National Preserve has one of the most active fire management programs in the National Park Service. Fire is an essential component of the Big Cypress ecosystem and is used as a land management tool to help reduce the risk of wildfires to communities and developed areas. In the long term, fire will benefit the ecosystem by renewing habitat and promoting ecological diversity.
Prescribed Fire Benefits
Release Date: April 10, 2021
Weather Permitting, Big Cypress National Preserve will be conducting a 6,000-acre prescribed fire today in the Bear Lake area located in the Northwest corner of the Preserve. Smoke from this fire may be visible from Highway 29 and I-75 for the next few days. If you have any questions, please call South Florida Parks and Preserve Prescribed Fire Specialist, Michael Gue at 305-338-6069.
Update: This prescribed fire is complete as of 4/11/21
Last updated: April 11, 2021