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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 27, 2017
Parliament Wildfire in Big Cypress at 60% Containment
The 26,371 acre Parliament Fire in Big Cypress National Preserve is 60% contained. With winds predicted to be calm and the likelihood of fire growth diminished, fire crews are strengthening containment lines and suppressing lingering hot spots.

March 24, 2017
Parliament Wildfire in Big Cypress 40% Contained
Good progress was made today on the Parliament Fire, currently burning in Big Cypress National Preserve. The fire is estimated at 25,365 acres and is now 40% contained.

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.

March 21, 2017
Parliament Fire Closes Trails for Safety in Big Cypress
Big Cypress National Preserve was notified during early evening hours on March 18 of smoke from a 60-acre wildfire that was reported north of Burns Lake Campground on the north side of Highway 41 in Big Cypress National Preserve. The Parliament Fire is estimated to be 6,020 acres as of Monday afternoon and is burning in a mixture of grass, pine, and cypress habitat.

March 19, 2017
Parliament Fire Burning in Big Cypress National Preserve
Big Cypress National Preserve was notified during early evening hours on March 18 of smoke from a 60-acre wildfire that was reported north of Burns Lake Campground on the north side of Highway 41 in Big Cypress National Preserve.

November 28, 2016
Heritage Festival, Night Sky Programs and Annual Ranger-led Activities
The weather is getting cooler, the water levels are dropping in the swamp and there's no biting insects to speak of. It's a great time to get out to the Big Cypress National Preserve and enjoy the activities the National Park Service have planned.

July 20, 2016
Preserve/Refuge Seek Comments on Fire Management Plans Environmental Assessment
Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge are seeking public comments on a joint Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the environmental impacts of their respective updated Fire Management Plans (FMPs).

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