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Turner River wildfire continues to burn in Big Cypress National Preserve

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Michael Gue
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Big Cypress National Preserve
A Single Engine Air Tanker Fights Wildfire

Temporary closure orders remain in effect as the Turner River Wildfire continues to burn through the area around Big Cypress National Preserve adjacent to Everglades National Park in southwest Florida.

Update 10:50 am, 3/19/21: According to the Big Cypress National Preserve, the Turner River Wildfire has transitioned from a Type 3 incident down to a Type 4.
In a news release this morning, officials said fire behavior diminished significantly as crews continued to secure and monitor the lines.
The Turner River Wildfire is now 6,245 acres and 50% contained. Aviation and ground resources will continue to monitor the fire in the coming days.

Temporary closure orders remain in effect as the Turner River wildfire continues to burn through the area around Big Cypress National Preserve adjacent to Everglades National Park in southwest Florida. The fire has claimed prairie, pine and cypress in the area.

On Tuesday, March 16, the wildfire covered 4,620 acres, with 25% containment.

Temporary closures mandated through the area prohibit all recreational use in designated areas, including off-road vehicles, hiking, hunting, commercial activities and camping.

Visitors and travelers should expect to see and smell smoke in the area. Extreme caution is advised, as smoke along US Highway 41 and State Road 29 is possible.

Residents of private lands adjacent to closure areas should use caution and notify concerns by calling the Big Cypress duty officer at (239) 719-0241.

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Big Cypress National Park
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Big Cypress National Park
Map of Wildfire Area