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Cowbell Fire

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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

INCIDENT UPDATED 18 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

26.221 latitude, -80.978 longitude

Incident Overview

Cowbell Fire Map, April 25, 2017

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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.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginThursday March 30th, 2017 approx. 04:01 PM
Location30 miles northeast of Ochopee FL
Incident CommanderMike Wilkins/ICT1

Current Situation

Total Personnel245
Size21,840 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Estimated Containment DateSunday April 30th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

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.

Significant Events

Smoldering fire with logs, stump-holes and snags burning. Very little open flame.

Outlook

Planned Actions

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

boundary.

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.

Remarks

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.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

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.

Unit Information

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Big Cypress National Preserve
National Park Service
Florida
Ochopee, FL 34141
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