WILDFIRE: Mud Lake Complex | Big Cypress National Preserve | Update 4

LOCATION

The Mud Lake Complex is made up of several fires caused by lightning strikes in the Big Cypress National Preserve located in Southwest Florida, near Naples.

Fires Included in the Complex

  • Ellison :  23,709 acres. Started on May 8, 2015.
  • Ellipse:   215 acres.  Started on May 10, 2015.
  • Square:  11,375 acres. Started May 10, 2015.
  • Pekel:      1.5 acres.  Started May 17, 2015.
  • 68 Fire:   2.5 acres.  Started May 18, 2015.
  • Blue Bird:  1/2 acre.  Started May 21, 2015.
  • Sanctuary:  1.5 acres.  Started May 22, 2015.
  • Hobo:     5 acres.  Started May 24, 2015.
  • Buggy:    5 acres.  May 24, 2015.
  • Nobles:  6 acres. May 24, 2015.

The fires have burned 35,321 acres of various Preserve habitats which include:

Fuels

  • Dense
  • Coarse grass
  • Pine timber
  • Cypress domes
Swamp Buggy patrolling Mud Lake Complex

Photo Credit: Joshua Manley, NPS

CONTAINMENT STATUS

Containment is currently at 51%. Heat was still a factor on the north section of the Square Fire yesterday, but the rest of the fire appeared to be cooling down.

Fire crews continue to mop up around the Ellison Fire and the Noble Fire, as well as monitor the Hobo, Sanctuary and Bluebird Fires.

PERSONNEL

335 currently on scene from the following Agencies and/or Departments:

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Fish & Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • Florida Division of Forestry
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • US Forest Service
  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Collier County, Florida OEM

RESOURCES / EQUIPMENT

  • 6 Helicopters:  1 large, 3 medium, 2 small
  • 7 Wildland Fire engines
  • 4 Fixed-wing aircraft

CLOSURES

Aircraft

Roads

  • Access to lands managed by Big Cypress National Preserve south of Interstate 75, from mile marker 59 to mile marker 75 (Turner River Road), south to Upper Wagon Wheel Road is temporarily restricted as well.
  • The closure also extends to lands administered by Big Cypress National Preserve north of Interstate 75, from mile marker 59 to mile marker 70, north to the Big Cypress Preserve Boundary.
  • This area includes portions of the Florida National Scenic Trail from mile 12, traveling north to the northern boundary of Big Cypress National Preserve.

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