Fire Activity

Parliament Fire Fighters
Parliament Fire in 2017

Image courtesy BLM/JakePadilla

On average, Florida experiences the second highest number of wildfires in the nation. Fire is a natural, and needed, part of the Big Cypress ecosystem. Many plants and animals have evolved with fire and benefit from fire. Yet when fires are unplanned, rather than controlled prescribed burns, firefighters must take steps to suppress the fire. Suppressing fire is done to protect the safety of people and stop the loss of structures. Wildfires can also burn very intensely sometimes causing more harm than good to the environment. Communities and individuals alike can help reduce the incidence and magnitude of wildfires.

Current fire activity and closures

Archive of past fire activity.
 

Collaboration in Protecting Communities and Managing Public Lands

Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
Cohesive Strategy – Response to Wildfire, Maintain and Restore Resilient Landscapes

Interagency Collaboration Yields Benefits to Wildland Fire and Aviation

With the signing of a June 2017 joint memo, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke and Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue formally directed Wildland Fire leadership throughout the two agencies to seek opportunities to improve and increase collaboration and cooperation. more...

Last updated: December 3, 2017

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