Update 3 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

Update 3 – April 5, 2017

It is located 3 miles North of I-75 and 1.75 miles south of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and 2 miles West of the L-28 Road.

The wildfire is still at a 0% containment status and destroyed 449 acres.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

146 fire personnel are attached to this incident, along with Incident Cooperators from the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol, Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

Update 2 – April 2, 2017

The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres with a 0% containment status.  The fire behavior is still active and running.

There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be

Fire perimeter map for April 2, 2017

reduced by decreased winds.

The cause is still unknown.  No injuries or damages have been reported.

Update 1 – March 31, 2017

A wildfire broke out on the Preserve yesterday and discovered around 1600 hours.  Fire Managers have said this is not due to being caused by a Prescribed fire but from an unknown cause of ignition.

About 300 acres have been scorched.  This fire is currently not contained.

The fire is located about two miles North of I-75 and West of L-28 Canal Road; about six miles South of Big Cyprus Seminole Road.

The fire is currently burning in pine land and cypress habitat and in tall grass and Southern rough fire fuels.  Fire behavior is active and running.

Both air and ground resources have been working by conducting the following activities:

  • Assessing area trail exposures.
  • Checking for structures in the fire perimeter.
  • Determining values at risk.

The IC is RT Lumpkin, with a Type 4 IMT with the National Park Service.

Other Wildfires burning on the Preserve.

  • #Parliament Fire – 26,371 acres. 75% contained.
  • #LittleCypress Fire – Located North of I-75.  25 acres. 60% contained.
  • #Hotline Fire – Fire is burning one mile West of the Florida Trail near Oak Hill Campground in a remoted/islotated area on the Preserve. 8 acres. 90% contained. It was discovered on March 24, 2017 that was caused by lightning.

Fire Facts

  • Florida is the second State that has the most wildfires that occur.
  • With these wildfires and previous countless others, it has now officially started off the Fire Season earlier than last year.

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