The closure/public use limit has been lifted thus reopening the following areas, trails and access points to backcountry activity: Bear Island Campground; Bear Island Access off of Turner River Road; Walk-in Access-I-75, MM 70; Walk-in Access Bear Island Grade, off of Hwy 29; Concho Billie
Trail, Burns Lake Trail, and Windmill Tram Trail. This modification/removal of closure is due to the fact that the emergency nature of the fire has been resolved.
The annual 60-day recreational access closure remains in effect, effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 and will be rescinded on 12:01 Friday, July 22, 2011.
The Oil Pad Complex is comprised of several fires caused by lightning burning in Big Cypress National Preserve located in Southwest Florida. The fires have burned a total of 10,524 acres of various Preserve habitats, which include Pinelands, Sawgrass Prairie, Hardwood Hammocks, Cypress Domes and Strands.