A slightly off-line photocopy of a photo and caption from a 1949 edition of the Collier County News shows drought conditions and wildfires have come and gone over the years. The caption to this photo reads: “The hot winter sky of the Glades country has quenched its own thirst this year, milking the water from the vast reservoirs of Collier County’s Big Cypress Swamp, leaving this typical checkerboard of cracked earth where water was once waist-height. Tinder-dry leaves bed the timbered townships of the Lee Cypress Co. Lumber officials fear spot fires in the forest will mature into the gray billows of overall conflagration which swept through the outskirts of the swamp in 1936 and again in 1945. Normally the entire slough is covered with upwards of three feet of water. Already muck fires are consuming truck fields to the northeast along the shores of Lake Okeechobee. Hurricane flood waters renew the soil’s vitality but there is no restoration for burned timber. Photo and descriptive article by Miss Mildred Allen of Copeland."