From page 1...'Fire statistics for Everglades National Park and for Big Cypress National Preserve are presented for the 1979 calendar year. This annual fire summary is to supplement fire records presented by Taylor (1979) and Taylor (1980) for Everglades National Park, and to establish a systematic fire records system for the Big Cypress National Preserve. The 1979 fire season was the first year of National Park Service fire responsibility for portions of Big Cypress National Preserve compared to the 32nd year for Everglades National Park..... The fire year: Poor prescribed burning conditions were noted by all fire control agencies during early 1979. At the February Interagency Wildfire Council meeting, the Florida Division of Forestry Fort Myers District had burned only 600 acres of 15,000 acres scheduled and the Fort Lauderdale District had burned 3,000 to 4,000 acres of 70,000 acres scheduled for burning. Wet weather hampered the Recreation and Parks Division burning program as well as the Everglades National Park program. Prescribed burning conditions were good throughout the fall, however, and almost all planned prescribed burns were completed by November 1 in Everglades National Park. Number of fires, fire statistics and location of fires are shown on Table 1 and Figure 1. Total number of fires, number of prescribed natural fires (lightning), prescribed management fires, and prescribed research fires, were above average for the year (Table 2). Notable was the low number of man-caused wildfires. Fifteen prescribed fires and four prescribed research fires were set during the year compared to an average of 11.2 fires for the period of record (Table 2). As in past years (Taylor 1979) the small part of Everglades National Park near and including Management Unit 3 (Fig. 1) has approximately one-half the fires. Eighteen fires (51%) occurred within or near this small zone. Of these, 11 fires (31%) were pineland prescribed burns set to control hardwood succession, 3 (9%) were set for the prairies research project, 2 (6%) were lightning caused and 1 (3%) was a wildfire set in the campground. Two boundary burns (6%) (Nos. 7904 and 7906) were also set near Unit 3 (Fig. 1).'