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Seminole Fire Rescue involved in wildfire battle

The Moon Fish Wildfire encompasses more than 27,000 acres in the Tamiami Trail region of the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. (Big Cypress National Preserve photo)

Seminole Fire Rescue as well as personnel from federal, state and local agencies are involved with the battle against the so-called Moon Fish Wildfire on a border of Monroe and Miami-Dade counties. The fire is located  in a region of the U.S. 41 corridor that is home to Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, the Seminole Tribe’s Trail community and the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

Seminole Emergency Management issued a smoke advisory Saturday to the Trail community, explaining that the fire was moving in a direction away from the community, but air quality could be impacted from smoke. People with breathing, respiratory or other serious health issues were advised to remain indoors or leave the area.

Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park reported the fire was discovered May 7 just south of Loop Road in the southeast corner of the preserve and close to the national park boundary. The parks said the source of the fire was an individual who was cited.

Sunday the fire was reported to be about 27,000 acres. The parks reported successful burnout operations occurred along a boundary road on the eastern fire perimeter, including along Loop Road. U.S. 41 was closed for part of Saturday except for local traffic.

In addition to Seminole Fire Rescue, additional personnel assisting Big Cypress and Everglades Fire and Aviation are from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Collier County, Florida Highway Patrol and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

This map shows the area in red where the Moon Fish Wildfire is burning in the Tamiami Trail region. (Big Cypress National Preserve photo)
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