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Local and industry news effecting wheelers and the Jeeping community.

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.

Florida Issues State of Emergency
For 2017 Wildfires

Please use Extreme Caution if Wheeling the Everglades this time of Year

It doesn’t take much, an under performing exhaust system or maybe a power steering fluid boil over and a wild fire can be ignited. If you must be out there stay on trails where growth is minimal, avoid driving through dry material that can act as kindling, utilize a properly maintained vehicle and bring fire suppression equipment.

(Graphic from The Miami Herald ) – With La Niña in effect and a large amount of fuel from prior wet seasons now drying out, the Everglades and other preserves around Florida are at high risk for fires.

Think carefully before deciding to go out and act responsibly when wheeling this season. Consult park information pages for closures in this fast moving season.

Keep up with latest developments through The Hearld:
Gov Scott issues state of emergency as Florida wildfire season worsens
Wildfires scorch parts of Florida; gov. declares emergency
Wildfire season could be hot, damaging in Florida — thanks to La Niña

NPS: Cowbell Wild Fire Update

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.

51st Annual Easter Jeep Safari Underway

Easter Jeep Safari is a nine day off road event hosted by Red Rock 4-Wheelers. Established in 1967 by the Moab chamber of commerce, leveraging exceptional trail assets and stunning natural beauty the event has grown to be one of biggest and the best known national riding event in the Jeeping community.

In coordination with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the club, Red Rock 4-Wheelers, has expanded trails and provided local stewardship giving the venue strong off road relevance. The event attracts enthusiasts and manufactures a like with Jeep (FCA), now a fixture, annually show casing their concept vehicles at Moab.

Photos from 4 Wheeler Network, click photo above for full set of pics.

April 8th to the 16th, 2017

Moab Utah 38°34′21″N 109°32′59″W
250 miles south of Salt Lake City (US 6)
350 miles west of Denver (I-70)
450 miles east of Las Vegas (I-70)

Event organized & hosted by Red Rock 4-Wheelers

For more information:
Moab Times – Independent
4 Wheeler Network
Red Rock 4-Wheelers

Jeep Releases Concepts for Easter Jeep Safari

Once again coinciding with Easter Jeep Safari, Jeep has turned its concept vehicles loose on the Red Rock 4-Wheeler event. In all, seven concepts took to the Moab trails demonstrating their off road capabilities and unique designs.

The chopped look says it all. Great look for a vehicle that’s at home with open wheels.

Hmmm, clear doors on a Sahara. Down here in South Florida can we get that with a portable pressure washer for the ever present mud? The flipped rear door hinges are a nice touch.

More at:
The Detroit News

NPS – Big Cypress Advisory
Cowbell & Parliament Fires

Updated Closures as of March 24: Burns Lake and Monument Campgrounds Closed Due to Wildfire Activity

Per NPS Big Cypress Preserve.

  • The road leading into the Sanctuary except to residences
  • Nobles Grade Trail north to include the Florida Trail north
  • All trails east of Nobles Grade to include the Blue Trail, Red Trail, and Yellow Trail
  • All lands west of the L28 Canal from Sanctuary Road north
  • All lands east of Nobles Grade
  • All land south of the preserve boundary and east of Nobles Grade
  • Private lands in the designated area shall remain open; residents should use caution.

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

Beware the Pump Skimmers!

Give the card reader and gas pump a good looking over before putting your card in it. Recent investigations have found skimming devices in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Details including effected stations available at:
Gas Station Credit Card Skimmers

If you have filled at any of these locations in the last few months, you’ll want to keep an eye on the credit or debit card account used.

4WP Customer Cover Contest

Drop in to your local 4 Wheel Parts store between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM Oct-12 to fill out and entry and have a photo taken to enter the Customer Cover Shoot contest. This is your chance to make it to the cover of Off-Road Adventures Magazine.

West Palm Beach, FL
2240 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach FL 33409

Miami Gardens, FL
3383 N.W. 167th St.
Miami Gardens FL 33056

Oct-12 9:00 to 3:00

Ara Hagopian, winner of the 2012 shoot was right here from South Florida with his winning entry, a 2010 JK Unlimited. The bragging rights are enormous and the thousand dollar shopping spree… well that’s pretty darn nice too!

Cover Shoot and Full Story

Not feeling ready for a cover shoot, then come on in anyway and register for the trip for two to Hawaii drawing, check out the rigs at the show shine and grab something off the grill.

And of course feel free to take full advantage of the Monster Sale. Riding weather is almost here, get your rig ready for the good times and trails!

Need more details? Check out West Palm 4WP on Facebook

National Park Shutdown

Good morning, the park is closed… take your camping, fishing, hiking and sight seeing somewhere else (at least for the time being)

As part of the Federal government’s partial shutdown the following National Parks, forests and Preserves appear to be closed until further notice from the National Parks Service (Department of Interior) and National Forest Service (Department of Agriculture). For off road enthusiasts the Ocala national Forest and Big Cypress closure (which contains the Bear Island unit) are particularly disappointing.

    Under the National Parks Service

  • Everglades National Park
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • De Soto National Memorial
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve

    Under National Fish and Wild Life Service

  • Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
  • Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Ten Thousand Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

    Under the US Forest Service

  • Apalachicola National Forest
  • Osceola National Forest
  • Ocala National Forest

Jeep Launches JXP Brand

Launched mid 2013, JXP is the is a licenced label from Jeep for outdoor gear and sports apparel and like the vehicles from which the names derives, these products are to be of superior quality and design.

Primary activity for this brand is Europe and Asia so the label may not be that common in North America yet but be on the look out for those snazzy JXP products to come.

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