Update 7 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida


4/14/2017:  The fire is located 36 miles west of Weston, FL. Tall grass, southern rough and timber.

4/5/2017:  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.

4/1/2017:  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.

3/31/2017:  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.


4/14/2017:  50% containment status.  17,594 acres.  Current heavy loading of fuel conditions are favorable for very active fire behavior within the grass and shrub fuels. The current drought conditions have led both live and dead fuel moistures to reach areas of concern. Expect all fuels to burn readily, including those that appear green, says Fire Managers.  Moderate fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Structures threatened. Area and trail closures in effect.

4/7/2017:  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.”

4/6/2017:  The Cowbell Fire is now at 449 acres and fire crews have gained a 10% containment status.

4/5/2017:  The wildfire is being held at 449 acres.  Firefighters have reached a 13% containment status.

4/4/2017:  The wildfire is still at a 0% containment status and destroyed 449 acres.

4/2/2017:  The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres with a 0% containment status.  The fire behavior is still active and running.

3/31/2017:  About 300 acres have been scorched.  This fire is currently not contained.


4/7/2017:  Yesterday, firefighters conducted strategic firing operations on the northwest perimeter of the fire to burn excess fuel and prevent the fire’s spread. On the east and south sides of the fire, crews have been mopping up from firing operations earlier in the week.

4/3/2017:  Firefighters will continue with structure protection of private properties, while monitoring containment lines and planned lines. They will also address hot spots.

4/2/2017:  Fire Managers will continue to assess structures and ID containment lines.  In the next 12 hours, fire growth is expected.


4/6/2017:  Additional resources include 8 helicopters and 14 engines.   There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

4/5/2017:  There are 224 personnel assigned, along with IC Steve Parrish, ICT 2 unit.

4/3/2017:  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.

4/2/2017:  There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

3/31/2017:  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.


4/9/2017:  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.

4/2/2017:  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to bereduced by decreased winds.

4/1/2017:  In the next 24 hours, the fire is expected to be reduced by decreased winds.

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.



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