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October 05, 2017
Post Hurricane Irma Preserve Reopens
Superintendent Tamara Whittington is pleased to announce that Big Cypress National Preserve’s Oasis Visitor Center will reopen Friday, October 6. Hours on Friday will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oasis Visitor Center will resume regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 7. The Swamp Welcome Center will reopen by press release as soon as minor repairs are complete.

September 18, 2017
National Preserve Closed to Recreational Activities After Hurricane Irma
Big Cypress National Preserve remains closed and all recreational activities, including backcountry trails, campgrounds, and hunting access are suspended following Hurricane Irma. The major hurricane caused significant damage throughout the national preserve making many of the areas unsafe for visitors. In order to ensure the safety of visitors and recovery teams, all recreational are not permitted through the duration of the closure.

September 05, 2017
Big Cypress National Preserve Prepares for Hurricane Irma
Ochopee – Effective noon on September 6th, Big Cypress National Preserve visitor centers and administrative facilities will be closed in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Irma. Recreational use, including backcountry trails, campgrounds, and hunting access into the preserve will close at noon on September 6th. If the track or speed of the storm changes, the backcountry and hunting closures may change.

April 05, 2017
2017 Zone 4 Closure
Beginning at 12:01 am Friday, April 7 2017, Zone-4 of the Stairstep Unit within Big Cypress National Preserve will be closed to airboat access due to low water conditions.

April 02, 2017
Additional Resources Assigned to Fight Cowbell Fire
The Cowbell Fire had grown to 400 acres as of Saturday night. It was discovered on March 30, 2017 two miles north of I-75 and west of the L-28 Canal Road. Due to to the remote location with limited access, and multiple fires occurring in the preserve, a Type 2 incident command organization has arrived to support operations today.

March 31, 2017
Cowbell Fire Starts in Big Cypress
Active wildfire season has begun in Big Cypress National Preserve with a new start discovered on March 30, 2017 two miles north of I-75 and west of the L-28 Canal Road. The fire, named the Cowbell Fire, is estimated at 300 acres with expected growth tomorrow and through the weekend.

March 29, 2017
Parliament Wildfire Now 75% Contained
Firefighters continue to make good progress on the Parliament Fire and it is now 75% contained. Because of that progress, some personnel are being released and the Type 3 Incident Management Team, brought in to run the fire on March 21st, has turned control back to the local fire resources.

March 23, 2017
Parliament Fire Burning in Big Cypress
The Parliament Fire is a wildfire estimated to be 3,300 acres as of Sunday evening and is burning in a mixture of grass, pine, and cypress habitat.

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