Update 7 | #Cowbell in Big Cypress National Preserve

UPDATE 7 – APRIL 10, 2017 – 1745 HOURS PDT

Current Conditions | The fire has scorched 8,335 acres, growing approximately 7,000 acres overnight. However,  fire crews have reached a 13% containment status.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

Resources | 257 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 7 helicopters, 2 SEAT air tankers and 17 engines.

Incident Cooperators | National Park Service, Big Cypress National Preserve, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Forest Service, Seminole Tribe of Florida, Florida Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) Office of Emergency Management.

Weather Reports | Temperatures today will be in the mid-80s and east to northeast winds are forecasted at 5 to 10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze will develop in the afternoon, increasing wind speeds. A slight chance of showers and storms are expected beginning Wednesday mainly west of the fire area [Source: Inciweb].

UPDATE 6 – APRIL 9, 2017  – 0800 HOURS PDT

Weather Concerns | Weather forecasters are predicting the smoke from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires could mix with fog throughout Sunday morning, significantly reducing visibility along I-75 (between mile marker 55 and 66) and Hwy. 41 (between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center, Big Cypress National Preserve

Reminders | Drivers are being reminded to use extreme caution when driving in these poor visible conditions or find an alternate route to avoid any potential hazardous situations.

UPDATE 5 – APRIL 7, 2017 – 1900 HOURS PDT

The fire is located 30 miles NE of Ochopee, Florida.

The wildfire is being held at 449 acres.  Firefighters have reached a 13% containment status.

There are 224 personnel assigned, along with IC Steve Parrish, ICT 2 unit.

Additional resources include 8 helicopters and 14 engines.

Fire Managers:  “Fire behavior became active today with isolated tree torching dropped under a Red Warning. It was also active on the Southern flank.  Aircraft resources were used to slow the movement of the fire.  We will continue to work on containment lines.”

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4 – APRIL 6, 2017 – 1955 HOURS PDT

The Cowbell Fire is now at 449 acres and fire crews have gained a 10% containment status.

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There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

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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.

Firefighters protecting structures on the Cowbell fire.

Structure Protection by Firefighters. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

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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