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Big Cypress National Preserve
National Park Service
Ochopee, FL 34141

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Avian Complex Update, May 23, 2018

News – 5/23/2018

May 23, 2018

Avian Complex

82,461 acres, 90% contained, 106 personnel, 3 helicopters and 2 engines

Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 85% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 95% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 95% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained

Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained

Previous operational period: Aerial observations showed a couple areas still smoldering within the interior of the Buzzard Fire. The overall containment was bumped up to 90 percent and the size remained at 82,461 acres. Crews monitored the fires, checked their equipment, and cleaned fire camps. The number of personnel and equipment was reduced to match the needs of the incident.

Planned action: The complex will be monitored for any new fire activity. Operational resources will support the local district for initial attack if requested. This will be the last fire update from Matt Martens and the Type 3 Incident Management Team. Martens said, “All of the members of the Incident Management Team express their deep gratitude for the great support from the preserve, community and cooperators that we have had on this incident.”

Fire weather: The forecast shows possible afternoon thunderstorms, lightning and gusty winds near storms. The temperature will be in the upper-80s and 50 percent humidity.

Restrictions and closures:

The following closures remain unchanged:

  • Dona Drive is closed to all public access.

  • Stairsteps: All lands in Zone 3. Zone 4 is closed to all public access by airboat

  • Paces Dike Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs)

  • Roberts Lake Trail south from Loop Road

  • Lands east of Turner River Rd., west of BICY’s eastern boundary and north of Hwy. 41

  • The Florida National Scenic Trail is closed from the Oasis Visitor Center to I-75 mile marker 63.

  • All BICY lands north of I-75 between Hwy. 29 and Bundschu Grade

    These areas are closed to all recreational use, including ORVs, hiking, camping and commercial activities due to safety concerns related to wildfires in the area.

    Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open. Residents should use caution and notify the Fire Duty Officer of entry by calling (239) 719-0241.

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