Fla. Wildfire 25% Contained, Campground Closed

A 3,019-acre brush fire raging in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve was 25% contained Monday (March 12), officials said.

The fire did not grow in size since Sunday, but parts of the park, including campgrounds and trails, remained closed Monday, said Robert Duggan, a public information officer for the blaze, dubbed the Anhinga Fire, according to the Naples Daily News.

The cause of the fire, which started March 8, is still undetermined, he said.

The blaze, located north of Interstate 75 and east of S.R. 29, continued moving in a northeast direction Monday.

Rain over the weekend dampened the fire a bit and slowed it some, but did not have much effect long-term, said Duggan, who works as the recreation program manager at Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas.

Duggan said about 60 people were battling the blaze, including crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service.

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