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Camp fire restrictions in Big Cypress Preserve

Camp fire restrictions in Big Cypress Preserve

By Associated Press. CREATED Apr 17, 2013

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Big Cypress National Preserve placed restrictions on camp fires beginning today due to the severely dry conditions.  Effective immediately and until further notice, the lighting and maintaining of a fire, including campfires, in the back country is prohibited.

Campfires are restricted to developed campgrounds in established fire grates or fire rings only, and must be attended at all times.

"This restriction is necessary due to extreme fire danger brought about by the lack of rainfall. No relief to the dry condition is anticipated until the onset of the summer rainy season, which typically begins in May."  park superintendent Pedro Ramos stated.

Preserve Fire personnel will be conducting safety patrols while the restriction is in effect. Those who witness unauthorized burning on NPS lands within the Preserve should report it to a park ranger at 1-800-342-5869.