Cowbell Fire Update 04/25/2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:30 a.m. Cowbell Fire Stats: The Cowbell Fire is currently 21,840 acres and 75 percent contained, with 245 personnel assigned. The Mile Marker 87 fire, with 34 personnel... more
The Cowbell Fire started March 30, 2017 and is currently burning in Big Cypress National Preserve. The cause is under investigation. Portions of the preserve, including Monument Lake and Burns Lake Campground and some trails, remain closed due to the Parliament Fire.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday March 30th, 2017 approx. 04:01 PM|
|Location||30 miles northeast of Ochopee FL|
|Incident Commander||Mike Wilkins/ICT1|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||75%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday April 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM|
Primary fuels consist of grass (GR4, GR5), southern rough (SH8) and timber litter (TL8). 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.
Smoldering fire with logs, stump-holes and snags burning. Very little open flame.
1. Ground resources in Division G will go direct in mopping-up hot spots identified by palm IR along fire edge.
2. Ground resources will be used in the protection of private property and residences within the preserve
3. Ground resources continue to mop-up in divisions.
|Projected Incident Activity|
12 hours: Smoldering fire with logs, stump-holes and snags burning. Very little open flame.
24 hours: Smoldering fire with logs, stump-holes and snags burning. Fire moving with backing and flanking fire as fuels continue to dry.
48 hours: Smoldering fire with logs, stump-holes and snags burning. Fire moving with backing and flanking fire as fuels continue to dry.
72 hours: Smoldering fire with logs, stump holes and snags burning. Fire moving with backing and flanking fire as fuels continue to dry.
Area Closure Order #17-008 is in effect. Due to fire behavior and fire movement Bear Island Campground, Pink Jeep Campground and Turner River Road Camps remain evacuated as a precautionary measure.
High pressure will build over the area, and remain in control for the remainder of the week. The wind will gradually shift to the south by
Thursday. The air mass will gradually dry out over the next several days, with RH values possibly reaching back down to around 35 percent by Thursday.