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Parliament Fire

Unit Information

Big Cypress National Preserve
National Park Service
Ochopee, FL 34141

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The Parliament Fire started March 18 and is currently burning in Big Cypress National Preserve. The fire is estimated at 26,471 acres and is now 95% contained. Portions of the preserve, including Monument Lake and Burns Lake Campground and some trails, remained closed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday March 18th, 2017 approx. 04:56 PM
LocationFive miles NE of Ochopee, FL
Incident CommanderPaul Varnedoe/ICT3
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates25.951 latitude, -81.22 longitude

Current Situation

Size26,471 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Primary fuels consist of grass, southern rough and timber litter.

Significant Events

The infrared flight from last night showed no isolated hot spots within the fire’s perimeter.


Planned Actions

Continue to monitor fire with aerial resources as needed.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: No fire growth is expected.

24 hours: No fire growth is expected.

48 hours: No fire growth is expected.

72 hours: No fire growth is expected.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

High pressure to the east will continue to control the weather pattern into the weekend. There is a slight chance of a shower and maybe a few lighting strikes late each afternoon. The relative humidity is forecast to increase on Saturday. A cold front is forecast to move into the region on Tuesday, possibly stalling anywhere from north of Lake Okeechobee to south of Alligator Alley. This front will bring better chances for showers and thunderstorms for next week.