Osceola National Forest Firefighters Respond to Wildfire

Press Release

Olustee, Fla. — A team of U.S. Forest Service firefighters immediately responded to and safely secured a wildfire in the southwest corner of Big Gum Swamp Wilderness that was discovered at approximately noon on May 9.

The fire was secured last night but the Forest Service will conduct a 3,000-acre burnout today on the western side of the wilderness on Forest Road 232 to further secure and contain it.

The cause of the wildfire was due to a lightning strike and is about 56 acres in size.

The Big Gum Swamp Wilderness Trail is closed to the public.

Motorists in the area may encounter smoky conditions today and tomorrow and are cautioned to 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.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

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