July 2018 – Another active fire season in Big Cypress promises to benefit native wildlife.
Read why, in a July report on this year’s fire season from Big Cypress National Preserve:
An Active Fire Season Improves Habitat in Big Cypress
Big Cypress had another productive fire season, with over 110,000 acres of combined prescribed and wildfire acres burned. A SFNPT grant helped fund the Bear Island prescribed burn, which two months later played a role in containing the Flamingo wildfire. The interaction of the wildfire, which burned unusually “hot” for the Bear Island area, and the prescribed burn, which was burned under “cool” conditions in January, will provide a mosaic of habitat conditions for wildlife, and a buffer for future prescribed burns and wildfires.
With 82,000 acres burned as a part of the Avian complex, those fires interacted with a number of recent prescribed burns and wildfires, which slowed the spread of the fire and reduced fire intensity. The Avian complex fire scars will provide excellent forage for deer and other species, and provide an anchor point for next year’s prescribed burns and wildfires.
In 2019, the BICY fire program will continue the work in the Bear Island area with SFNPT support.