TARPON SPRINGS — Brooker Creek Preserve partially reopened to the public June 10 after being closed for nearly a week due to a wildfire. However, visitors can only hike on the Ed Center Trail and Bird Path. Trails affected by the wildfire are not accessible and will remain blocked off until further notice.
The wildfire started June 4 in a swampy area of the preserve, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. It spread slowly, eventually impacting about 70 acres. Florida Forest Service crews contained the fire and, along with Pinellas County staff, continue to monitor the site for smoldering or flare-ups.
Brooker Creek Preserve is part of the Pinellas County Park System and is the largest natural area in the county at approximately 8,700 acres. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods and allows citizens the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida. The preserve’s Environmental Education Center has resumed its normal hours of operation, which are Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.