2018 Fire Activity

Map depicting Bear Island Unit Prescribed Fire.
Map of planned prescribed fire area in Bear Island Unit.

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Bear Island and Sanctuary Prescribed Fire

Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation will be looking to conduct a few prescribed burns during the next two weeks in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Focus Areas: N-75 and Sanctuary Units will be the focus areas in Big Cypress. Implementation of these treatments will be weather and resource dependent. Additional notifications will be sent out prior to ignitions. If you have scheduled activities in the areas mentioned above please inform Fire and Aviation staff.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Orlando Genao 305-522-2532 (AFMO-Fuel-NPS) or the SWFLCAR Duty Officer (239)719-0241.

 
Detailed map depicting area of prescribed fire located in Addition Lands.
Map depicting planned area of Otter Creek Prescribed Fire.

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Otter Creek Prescribed Burn

Big Cypress National Preserve and the Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation will be moving forward with a prescribed burn on December 12, 2017. Firefighters will be conducting the prescribed burn in the Sanctuary Unit in Big Cypress National Preserve. The intent of this treatment is to take advantage of current water levels and go after acres that can be built upon for future treatments without major impacts to the Sanctuary community. The focus for this treatment will be on the surrounding areas around the Sanctuary community. We will continue to asses the potential of treating acres within the main community in the future.

If closures are required due to additional fire activity, an additional press release will be issued. The wildfire activity is managed by regional and area incident management teams and the Southwest Florida and Caribbean Fire and Aviation Management Program (SWFLCAR), a cooperative program between Big Cypress National Preserve and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 4, District 6.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Greg Suszek (AFMO Fuels-FWS) 239-877-9545, Orlando Genao 305-522-2532 (AFMO-Fuel-NPS) or the SWFLCAR Duty Officer (239)719-0241.
 
 
 

Last updated: January 23, 2018

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