Big Gum Swamp Wilderness Wildfire Contained

A helicopter, like the one shown, will conduct aerial ignitions today to prevent spot fires in the Osceola National Forest. (Photo by David Godwin)

A helicopter, like the one shown, will conduct aerial ignitions today to prevent spot fires in the Osceola National Forest. (Photo by David Godwin)

A 56-acre wildfire caused by a lightning strike in the southwest corner of Big Gum Swamp Wilderness in the Osceola National Forest was 100-percent contained by U.S. Forest Service firefighters at 8 p.m. on May 10.

Aerial ignitions from a helicopter will be used today to prevent spot fires.

The wildfire was discovered at about noon on May 9, and a team of firefighters subsequently conducted a 3,000-acre burnout along Forest Road 232.

The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness Trail still remains closed to the public.

Motorists in the area may encounter smoky conditions today and tomorrow and are advised to exercise caution and drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas.

The 13,600-acre Big Gum Swamp is a large, flat, freshwater cypress gum swamp with pine flatwoods on the perimeter.

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