The Avian Complex includes 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.
The Vuture and the Caracara wildfires are 100% contained. Firefighters continue to work on the other three fires. The priorities for these fires remain firefighter and public safety. Ground and aviation personnel will continue to identify and protect values at risk.
Multiple Closure Orders are in effect to promote visitor safety. Travel through the preserve on US-41 has not been impacted.
Please continue to check back for updates on a regular basis.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Monday April 16th, 2018 approx. 03:45 PM|
|Location||6 miles NE of State Route 29 and I-75 intersection, 13 miles northeast of Ochopee, FL|
|Incident Commander||Matt Martens Type 3 Team|
|Incident Description||Buzzard, Flamingo, Curlew, Vulture And Caracara Wildfires|
|Coordinates||25.901 latitude, -81.31 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||90%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday May 31st, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Rain has moderated fire behavior although periods of drying may result in activity resuming.
Aerial observations showed a couple areas still smoldering within the interior of the Buzzard Fire. Containment was bumped up to 90 percent contained.
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.
The forecast shows possible afternoon thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds near storms.