Big Cypress Reopens Trails after Recent Wildfires
Big Cypress News ReleaseBig Cypress Reopens Trails after Recent Wildfires Ochopee – Big Cypress National Preserve has lifted several temporary trail closures while other areas continue to remain... more
The Type 4 IMT is now managing the Parliament, MM87 and Big Grapefruit Fires in addition to the Cowbell Fire.
The Cowbell Fire Started March 30, 2017 at approximately 4:01 PM and is burning within Big Cypress National Preserve 30 miles northeast of Ochopee, FL, the cause is under investigation. The Cowbell Fire is 21,963 acres and 87% contained, firefighters continue to patrol and monitor control lines as well as protect private property and residences within the preserve boundary. The estimated containment date is Thursday June 15, 2017.
The Parliament Fire started March 18, 2017 at approximately 4:56 PM and is burning in Big Cypress National Preserve 5 miles northeast of Ochopee, FL, the cause of the fire is human. The fire is estimated at 26,471 acres and 95% contained, aerial resources are monitoring the fire as needed.
The MM87 Fire is burning in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, the cause is unknown. The Fire is 516 acres and 85% contained, resources are monitoring the fire as needed.
The Big Grapefruit Fire started May 9, 2017 and is burning in Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, the cause of the fire is lightning. The Fire is .5 acres and uncontained, resources are monitoring the fire as needed.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday March 30th, 2017 approx. 04:01 PM|
|Location||30 miles northeast of Ochopee FL|
|Incident Commander||Troy Parrish ICT4|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||87%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Thursday June 15th, 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 and creeping. Has potential for moderate growth increase.
1. Utilize confine, contain and point source protection strategies and tactics that commit responders only to operations where and when they can be successful
2. In order to minimize impacts to high values including Seminole and Miccosukee tribal lands, Sanctuary community and private land within and near the boundaries of Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge, keep Cowbell fire:
West of Add 14 and Add 17, South of the Preserve boundary, North of Interstate 75 and East of Kissimmee Billy Strand
3. In order to minimize impacts to infrastructure and private land within and adjacent to the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge, keep the MM87 fire:
West of Fakahatchee Strand, North of Interstate 75 and within current perimeter
4.Provide initial attack for Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther Refuge in coordination with local resources.
5. Minimize impact on Interstate 75, State Road 29, and U.S. Highway 41 in order to avoid safety threats to the public and firefighters.
|Projected Incident Activity|
For the week of May 18-25, 2017 - Smoldering fire with logs, stump holes, and snags burning. Patrol and monitor Big Cypress National Preserve for new starts.
The Florida Trailhead at mile marker 63 will remain closed due to ongoing fire activity, until further notice. The closure also includes lands north of Interstate 75 from Nobles Grade Trail east to Addition Lands Trail, ADD 17 due to fire activity.
As the region moves into lightning season, resources will continue to monitor fires and patrol for new starts.