2015 fire and related closures


Hansen Fire and other fire activity
The Hansen Wildfire was ignited by lightning on June 26, 2015 and has spread to over 2800 acres. The fire is active in pinelands, prairie and cypress habitats. Fire is naturally progressing within an established containment area.
No private properties or endangered species are threatened at this time and there are no closures associated with this fire. In the event private properties or endangered species are threatened active steps will be taken to protect assets.

Additionally, during this wildfire operation six other small lightning strike fires have occurred that personnel respond to. These smaller fires currently pose no risk.

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Mud Lake Wildfire Complex
The Mud Lake Wildfire Complex, thirty miles east of Naples, Florida in Big Cypress National Preserve is approximately 2,077 acres and remains 15% contained at this time.The Mud Lake wildfires started naturally by lightning as storms passed through the local area this weekend.On-going updates related to fire activity can be found here.

The Doster Fire was reported January 30, at 1500, south of Lower Wagonwheel Road, and west of Birdon Road. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

For details on the fire, please click here.


Big Cypress National Preserve fire personnel are conducting prescribed burning in the Raccoon Point area (400 acres) of the national preserve.

We will be assisted by firefighters from Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and nationwide trainees from the National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center. They will be working on qualifications, training, and assisting with burn operations. Trainees come from all over the United States, as well as from other countries.

The burn location will depend on weather conditions for the day. For details on the location of the fire, please click here.


If conditions are favorable Big Cypress National Preserve will conduct the “Loop Road Prairie” prescribed fire operation within the Loop Unit of the preserve between mid-January and late February, 2015. This operation will take place in the eastern portion of the unit.

Please click here for or maps and additional information.

Last updated: September 24, 2018

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