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Unit Information

Big Cypress National Preserve
National Park Service
Ochopee, FL 34141

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Avian Complex

The Avian Complex included five fires within the Big Cypress National Preserve: the Buzzard, Flamingo, Curlew, Vulture and Caracara fires.

The Buzzard Fire (reported on April 10, 2018), the Caracara fire (reported on April 17, 2018) and the Curlew Fire (reported on May 2, 2018), remain under investigation. The Flamingo Fire (reported on May 1, 2018) and the Vulture Fire (reported on April 10, 2018) were caused by lightning. All fires are 100% contained. All closures for the Avian Complex have been lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday April 16th, 2018 approx. 03:45 PM
Location6 miles NE of State Route 29 and I-75 intersection, 13 miles northeast of Ochopee, FL
Incident CommanderMatt Martens Type 3 Team
Incident DescriptionBuzzard, Flamingo, Curlew, Vulture And Caracara Wildfires
Coordinates25.901 latitude, -81.31 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel106
Size82,461 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Rain has moderated fire behavior although periods of drying may result in activity resuming.

Significant Events

Aerial observations showed a couple areas still smoldering within the interior of the Buzzard Fire. Containment was bumped up to 90 percent contained.


Planned Actions

Resources will monitor the complex and support the local district for initial attack if requested.

Projected Incident Activity

24 hours: Minimal activity is expected. There is a good chance of additional precipitation in the forecast.


Little growth is expected after several days of precipitation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The forecast shows possible afternoon thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds near storms.