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Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.

Damage Assessment – Preliminary

About 300 acres have been scorched.  This fire is currently not contained.


The fire is located about two miles North of I-75 and West of L-28 Canal Road; about six miles South of Big Cyprus Seminole Road.

Fire Fuels

The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.  Fire behavior is active and running.


Both air and ground resources have been working by conducting the following activities:

  • Assessing area trail exposures.
  • Checking for structures in the fire perimeter.
  • Determining values at risk.

The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

Other Wildfires Burning on the Preserve

  • #Parliament Fire – 26,371 acres. 75% contained.
  • #LittleCypress Fire – Located North of I-75.  25 acres. 60% contained.
  • #Hotline Fire – Fire is burning one mile West of the Florida Trail near Oak Hill Campground in a remoted/islotated area on the Preserve. 8 acres. 90% contained. It was discovered on March 24, 2017 that was caused by lightning.

Fire Facts

  • Florida is the second State that has the most wildfires that occur.
  • With these wildfires and previous countless others, it has now officially started off the Fire Season earlier than last year.

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