A wildfire has broken out in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve about five miles NE of Ochopee, Florida. Fire behavior currently is moderate with spotting and short-range spotting.
Command is currently in Unified Command with ICs Tom Ledbetter – US Fish and Wildlife Service / J. Thatcher (T) – National Park Service.
There are currently 115 personnel assigned along with 2 crews and 4 engines to this incident as of the NWICC report dated on Friday.
Due to the wildfire burning inside the fire perimeter, it has forced the evacuations and closures of the preserve including Monument Lake and Burns Lake Campgrounds. Additionally, some trails are also closed in the area.
The fire is said to be at 26,636 acres of consumed Southern Rough and tall grass at about 2 1/2 feet tall. Fire crews have reached a 40% containment status. The wildfire was said to have started on March 18, 2017, around 1656 hours.
The cause is unknown at this time.
No structures or injuries have been reported.
Cost-to-date for fire suppression efforts is $120,000.00.
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