Florida wildlife officials are
imposing restrictions on use of some Everglades recreation areas
due to increased risk of fire.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission decided Tuesday to
prohibit motor vehicles, motorcycles, airboats and campfires in
parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. The order affects the
Everglades Wildlife Management Area's northern sections and all of
the Francis S. Taylor and Rotenberger wildlife management areas.
Vehicles still will be allowed access along several canal levees
to access boat ramps used for fishing.
Officials say water levels are extremely low throughout the
Everglades. The prohibitions are necessary to reduce possible
wildfires started by human activities.
The new regulations will be in effect until they are rescinded
by a subsequent order.