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Contact: Ardrianna McLane, 770-687-4061
Ochopee, Fla. – Active wildfire season has begun in Big Cypress National Preserve with a new start discovered on March 30, 2017 two miles north of I-75 and west of the L-28 Canal Road. The fire, named the Cowbell Fire, is estimated at 300 acres with expected growth tomorrow and through the weekend.
Today, aviation and ground resources assessed area trails for potential containment. Resources are working to identify structures in the area and values at risk. Additional resources have been requested and will be arriving to support operations over the next few days.
The fire is currently burning in pineland and cypress habitat. The source of the fire is not yet known and the fire is not a result of prescribed fire activity. The fire, though located near the Little Cypress Fire, is a new start. The fire is located in a section of the preserve that includes proposed wilderness and the Addition Lands.
“Interagency teams have directed fire resources to set up containment lines, protect private property, and appropriately manage the fire,” said Big Cypress Superintendent Tamara Whittington. “Our primary goal is to reduce the spread to critical resource areas and private structures in the area.” Additional resources have been requested to help establish contingency lines and protect values at risk.
For more information about fire activity in the preserve, please visit www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/fires-2017.htm.