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2019-Mar-25 Big Cypress
Kirby Prescribed Fire Closures Lifted

Ochopee – Big Cypress National Preserve is pleased to reopen everything south of US41 between Turner River Rd. and Loop Road (Monroe Station) in Collier County to include the Kirby Storter Boardwalk and the Monroe (south) Off Road Vehicle trail that were closed due to prescribed fire activity by Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation.

Prescribed fires are an important part of resource management at Big Cypress National Preserve. Implementation of all prescribed fires are weather and resource dependent and after careful review of the local environmental indices, prescribed fire parameters, and weather forecast, it was determined that the current conditions were favorable to safely conduct the Kirby Prescribed Fire.

Fire activity is managed by, 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 and District 6.

Any questions or concerns about fire please contact:
Acting Fire Management Officer (AFMO)
- Orlando Genao 305-522-2532
Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation (SWFLCAR)
- Duty Officer, 239-719-0241

Park Contacts:
Rita Garcia, Public Information Officer, 239-695-1128
Laurie Humphrey, Acting Public Information Officer-Fire, 239-695-4111

For additional updates and closures, please visit NPS Big Cypress for park alerts or fire updates.

2019-Feb-21 Prescribed Burn
Big Cypress Sanctuary Unit

Ochopee – Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation will be moving forward with a prescribed fire on Thursday, February 21, 2019. We will be conducting a prescribed fire in the Sanctuary Unit in Big Cypress NP; California Slough Rx. Approximate size of burn will be 2,000 acres. This prescribed fire is located in the NE corner of the preserve approximately 2 miles north of I-75 on the L-28 Canal. Please see the attached map.

Prescribed fires are an important part of resource management at Big Cypress National Preserve. Implementation of all prescribed fires will be weather and resource dependent and after careful review of the local environmental indices, prescribed fire parameters, and weather forecast, it has been determined the current conditions, are favorable, to safely conduct this prescribed fire.

Fire activity is managed by, 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 and District 6.

Any questions or concerns about the fire please contact Orlando Genao 305-522-2532 Acting Fire Management Officer (AFMO) or the Southwest Florida & Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation (SWFLCAR) Duty Officer, available any time, 239-719-0241.

For additional updates and closures, please visit nps.gov/bicy for park alerts or fire updates.

2018-May-05 Avian Fire Update

Current fire situation: Yesterday the Buzzard and Flamingo Wildfires remained active, influenced by strong, gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity. Long-term drying and drought conditions continue to affect overall fire behavior in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Today, firefighters on the Buzzard Fire will focus on protecting camps within the fire containment lines and on the Flamingo Fire crews will work to prevent the fire from spreading to the north onto private lands.

The Curlew Fire is now burning inside the Everglades National Park. In recent days, firefighters successfully protected two camps. Air monitoring will continue.
Crews also responded to a new wildfire on the neighboring Fakahatchee State Preserve yesterday.

Smoke impacts: Similar to yesterday, smoke impacts to State Road 29, Hwy. 41 and I-75 are possible late this evening and into the early morning hours on Sunday. Smoke can create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers are advised to proceed with extreme caution, driving with lights on and at reduced speeds.

Fire weather: Scattered showers and afternoon storms are expected this afternoon with northeast winds 10-15 mph. The team meteorologist is monitoring for lighting and Initial Attack is prepared to respond to any new starts.

Restrictions and closures: The following closures remain in place in the Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY):
• Stairsteps: All lands in Zone 3. Zone 4 is closed to all public access by airboat
• Paces Dike Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs)
• Roberts Lake Trail south from Loop Road
• Lands east of Turner River Rd., west of BICY’s eastern boundary and north of Hwy. 41
• The Florida National Scenic Trail is closed from the Oasis Visitor Center to I-75 mile marker 63.
• All BICY lands north of I-75 between Hwy. 29 and Bundschu Grade

These areas are closed to all recreational use, including ORVs, hiking, camping and commercial activities due to safety concerns related to wildfires in the area.

Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open. Residents should use caution and notify the Fire Duty Officer of entry by calling (239) 719-0241.

Additional information: For more information, please call (305) 229-6659 or email BICYFireInfo@gmail.com. You can also stay up to date with the Avian Complex on InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5750.

Easter Jeep Safari
March 24 – Sunday, April 1

Easter Jeep Safari is one of the premier National Jeeping events and is hosted by Red Rock 4-Wheelers. The event includes several day long trail rides in the Moab area and is a showcase for manufactures to introduce products and concepts.

Event registration is $50 per vehicle per day. Individual ride reservations are made seperately.

Where:
Moab, Utah
38°34′21″N 109°32′59″W

When:
Saturday, March 24 thru Sunday, April 1, 2018

For addition information see Red Rock 4-Wheelers Easter Jeep Safari

April 21st – Morris 4×4 Show

Update: Photos for this event at 2018 Morris 4th Annual Jeep Show Photo Album

Last year’s Morris Jeep Show Event was massive, something not to be missed and trust me… don’t show up late. There’s a lot to see and tons of vendors with oodles of cool products.

When
Sat, April 21, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT

Where
2031 SW 2nd Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
(map)

Save time and pre-register before the event.

Event Announcement per Host, Morris 4×4

NPS: Cowbell Wild Fire Update
Apr-25th

Fire is now 75% contained & not expected to grow. Given continued drought conditions & remaining fuel, the preserve will continue to be at risk for wild fires this season. As such the likelihood of some closures to remain even after fires are out is possible
Updated Restrictions & Closures as of April 25th:

The following closures remain in place in Big Cypress National Preserve:

  • Pink Jeep, Bear Island and Gator Head Campgrounds
  • The road leading into the Sanctuary, except to residents
  • All trails between State Rd 29, L-28 Canal and north of I-75,
    including that section of the Florida Trail
  • All public lands west of the L-28 Canal, north of Alligator Alley and east of State Road 29

The following adjacent areas will remain open:

  • Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open; residents should use caution.

Visit the Big Cypress Preserve Information Page for more including trail access and permitting process.

NPS: Cowbell Wild Fire Update
2017-Apr-12

Updated Restrictions & Closures as of April 12th:

The following closures remain in place in Big Cypress National Preserve:

  • Pink Jeep, Bear Island and Gator Head Campgrounds
  • The road leading into the Sanctuary, except to residents
  • All trails between State Rd 29, L-28 Canal and north of I-75,
    including that section of the Florida Trail
  • All public lands west of the L-28 Canal, north of Alligator Alley and east of State Road 29

The following adjacent areas will remain open:

  • Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open; residents should use caution.

Visit the Big Cypress Preserve Information Page for more including trail access and permitting process.

Sugar Shakers Meetup at Flossie’s


One of several old time Florida establishments in the Fort Lauderdale area, Flossie’s is a great place to hang out with friends. Live band or karaoke, there always entertainment to go with your festive libations under their locally infamous Tiki Bar.

Yah! Fill that lot up with Jeeps!


… and Jeepers from clubs all over mixing it up.