Big Cypress National Preserve has issued a temporary trail closure to promote visitor safety during prescribed fire activity. During the closure all recreational use including off-road vehicles, hiking, hunting, commercial activities and camping is, prohibited, in the designated areas.
The temporary closure will take effect Friday, March 22nd and includes 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. There will be fire personnel, fire vehicles, and smoke in this area and along US41 between mile markers 59 – 69.
Signs will be posted in the area and once all prescribed fire activity has ceased and the area is safe for access, this area will be reopened by press release. If a longer closure is required, due to additional fire activity, an additional press release will be issued immediately.
The burn area is located entirely within Big Cypress National Preserve. Please see the attached map for additional detail and the location. Any private lands in the designated area will remain open. Residents should use extreme caution and notify the Fire Duty Officer of entry by calling (239) 719-0241.
Prescribed fire is a carefully planned fire that uses fire science and specific environmental conditions to meet management goals for the preserve. A controlled burn, or prescribed fire, is one of Big Cypress’s best tools to help create a mosaic of diverse habitats, manage for our endangered species, and reduce the threat of a destructive fire.
The prescribed fire activity is managed by, the Southwest Florida and Caribbean Interagency Fire and Aviation Management Program (SWFLCAR), a cooperative program between Big Cypress National Preserve and the US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 4, District 6.
Questions about the fire may be directed to Orlando Genao 305-522-2532 (AFMO – NPS), and the 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.