Cowbell Fire | Update 10

COWBELL FIRE

Incident Summary | The Cowbell Wildfire is located 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida that was reported on March 30th around 1601 Hours.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Incident Cooperators | NPS, Big Cypress NP, USFS, USFWS, FL Panther National Wildlife Preserve, FL FS, Seminole Tribe of Florida, FL Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) OEM.

UPDATE 10

Command | Mike Wilkins/ICT1.

Aerial video of the Cowbell Fire April 9, 2017

Courtesy: Inciweb

Personnel | 257 fire personnel.

Acres | 21,156.

Containment Status | 55%.

Weather Status | Fire activity was moderated by higher RHs, lighter winds and cloudier skies.

Fire Activities | Structure protection, mop-up in divisions and air resources using water drops to slow the wildfire from spreading.

Closures |  Bear Island Campground, Pink Jeep Campround, Turner River Road Camps remain evacuated as a precautionary measure.

[4/18/2017 @ 1740 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 9

Acres | 19,297 acres.

Containment Status | 52%.

Personnel | 283 personnel.  Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team is transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team today.  The Blue team will take over on Tuesday at 0800 Hours.

Resources | 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  24 engines.

Weather Forecast |  High pressure to move in today with 5-10 mph winds from the NE with gusts of 15-20 mph. Increased RH and partly cloudy skies in this afternoon. Temps to be in the mid-80’s*F.

[4/17/2017 @ 1930 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 8

Acres | 16,944 acres.

Containment Status | 38%

Resources | 261 personnel.  7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  21 engines.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

UPDATE 7

Incident Summary | The fire has grown 7,000 acres overnight.

Acres | 8,335 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

 Resources | 257 personnel. 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers. 17 engines.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

Weather | Temps in mid-80’s. Winds E-NE forecasted 5-10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze to develop in afternoon, increasing wind speeds.  Slight chance of showers and storm expected Wednesday main W of the fire area. [Inciweb]

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6 

Weather Concerns | Smoke to blow from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires mixing with fog throughout Sunday AM.  This could reduce visibility along I-75 between mile markers 55-66 and Highway 41 between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center in the 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.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

UPDATE 5   

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | “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.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 10%.

Resources | 182 personnel.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

UPDATE 3

Acres | 449 acres destroyed.

Containment Status | 0%.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

Personnel | 146 fire personnel.

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

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2

Acres | The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres.

Containment Status |  0%.

Fire Behavior |   The fire behavior is still active and running.

Resources | There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire Tactics | 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 reduced by decreased winds.

Cause | The cause is still unknown.

Damage / Injuries |  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1

Incident Summary | 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.

Acres | About 300 acres have been scorched.

Containment Status | 0%.

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

Current Conditions | Fire behavior is active and running.

Fire Tactics | Both air/ground resources are working to assess area trail exposures, are checking for structures inside the fire perimeter and assets at risk.

Command | 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 2nd state to have most wildfires.  With these wildfires and previous others, Officials say the Fire Season has started much earlier than in 2016.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

COWBELL FIRE | FLORIDA | UPDATE 9

 

 

Incident Summary | The Cowbell Wildfire is located 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida that was reported on March 30th around 1601 Hours.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Incident Cooperators | NPS, Big Cypress NP, USFS, USFWS, FL Panther National Wildlife Preserve, FL FS, Seminole Tribe of Florida, FL Highway Patrol and Collier County (Florida) OEM.

UPDATE 9

Acres | 19,297 acres.

Containment Status | 52%.

Personnel | 283 personnel.  Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team is transitioning with the Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team today.  The Blue team will take over on Tuesday at 0800 Hours.

Resources | 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  24 engines.

Weather Forecast |  High pressure to move in today with 5-10 mph winds from the NE with gusts of 15-20 mph. Increased RH and partly cloudy skies in this afternoon. Temps to be in the mid-80’s*F.

[4/17/2017 @ 1930 Hours PDT]

UPDATE 8

Acres | 16,944 acres.

Containment Status | 38%

Resources | 261 personnel.  7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers.  21 engines.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

UPDATE 7

Incident Summary | The fire has grown 7,000 acres overnight.

Acres | 8,335 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

 Resources | 257 personnel. 7 helicopters. 2 SEAT tankers. 17 engines.

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

Weather | Temps in mid-80’s. Winds E-NE forecasted 5-10 mph. An Atlantic sea breeze to develop in afternoon, increasing wind speeds.  Slight chance of showers and storm expected Wednesday main W of the fire area. [Inciweb]

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6 

Weather Concerns | Smoke to blow from the Cowbell and Parliament Fires mixing with fog throughout Sunday AM.  This could reduce visibility along I-75 between mile markers 55-66 and Highway 41 between Turner River Road and the Oasis Visitor Center in the 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.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

UPDATE 5   

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 13%.

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Fire Tactics | “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.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4

Acres | 449 acres.

Containment Status | 10%.

Resources | 182 personnel.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

UPDATE 3

Acres | 449 acres destroyed.

Containment Status | 0%.

Cowbell Fire perimeter map and the surrounding area April 4 2017

Personnel | 146 fire personnel.

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

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2

Acres | The wildfire has now scorched 400 acres.

Containment Status |  0%.

Fire Behavior |   The fire behavior is still active and running.

Resources | There are 16 personnel assigned to this incident.

Fire Tactics | 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 reduced by decreased winds.

Cause | The cause is still unknown.

Damage / Injuries |  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1

Incident Summary | 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.

Acres | About 300 acres have been scorched.

Containment Status | 0%.

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

Current Conditions | Fire behavior is active and running.

Fire Tactics | Both air/ground resources are working to assess area trail exposures, are checking for structures inside the fire perimeter and assets at risk.

Command | 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 2nd state to have most wildfires.  With these wildfires and previous others, Officials say the Fire Season has started much earlier than in 2016.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

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

SUMMARY

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.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

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.

FIRE TACTICS

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.

RESOURCES

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.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

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.

 

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

COWBELL FIRE | FLORIDA | UPDATE 8

Incident Summary | The  wildfire started March 30, 2017 around 1601 Hours and is currently burning in Big Cypress National Preserve.  It is is located about 30 miles northeast of Ochopee Florida.  The cause is unknown.

Location |  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.

UPDATE 8:  The fire scorched additional land and has reached 16,944 acres burned.   Fire crews have reached a 38% containment status.

There are 261 personnel assigned to this incident along with resources of 7 helicopters, 2 SEAT tankers and 21 engines.  Incident cooperators are listed as the following agencies/organizations/groups:  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.

Cowbell Fire swamp buggy April 12, 2017

Swamp Fire Buggy. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

Aviation resources are supporting strategic firing operations with water drops. Resources also are available to monitor hot spots and respond to any new wildfires in the preserve and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

[4/13/2017 – 1800 PDT]

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

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

Cowbell Fire April 9 2017

Photo Credit: Jeff Adams

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.

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].

[4/10/2017 @ 1745 PDT]

UPDATE 6:   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

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.

[4/9/2017 @ 0800 PDT]

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

aerial images of the Cowbell Fire on 4-10-17

Aerial Image. [Courtesy: Inciweb]

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

Additional resources include 8 helicopters and 14 engines.

“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.”  – Fire Managers

[4/7/2017 @ 1900 PDT]

Firefighters maintaining the fireline on the Cowbell Fire.

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

UPDATE 4:   The Cowbell Fire is now at 449 acres and fire crews have gained a 10% containment status.  There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

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Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

[4/6/2017 @ 1955 PDT]

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

UPDATE 3:   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.

[4/5/2017]

UPDATE 2:  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 reduced by decreased winds.  The cause is still unknown.  No injuries or damages have been reported.

[4/6/2017]

UPDATE 1:  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 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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

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.

No automatic alt text available.

There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 6 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

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.

No automatic alt text available.

There are currently 182 personnel attached to this incident.

Photo Credit:  Big Cypress National Preserve / Aerial Recon Flight

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 5 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

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.

No automatic alt text available.

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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

Update 4 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

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

Image may contain: plant, tree, outdoor and nature

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 remote/isolated 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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog

 

 

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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2030 Hours PDT

 

 

Update 2 | #Cowbell | Big Cypress National Preserve | Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

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 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.

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1315 Hours PDT