|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.