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Florida National Scenic Trail Reopens after Cowbell Fire (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

Big Cypress Press Release Florida National Scenic Trail Reopens after Cowbell Fire Ochopee – On Saturday, June 3 at 12:01 a.m., the section of the Florida National Scenic Trail north of I-75 will reopen. Recent wildfire activity from the Cowbell Fire closed the trail to hikers. Firefighters have surveyed the area and determined that conditions are safe to reopen. The Florida National Scenic Trail stretches 1,400 miles through Florida extending from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve. The southernmost sections of the trail are within the national preserve. To learn more about the Florida National Scenic Trail or to plan a hike, please visit the Florida Trail Association at http://www.floridatrail.org/. For more information about Big Cypress National Preserve visit nps.gov/bicy or follow the park on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at “BigCypressnps.”

Big Cypress Reopens Trails after Recent Wildfires (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

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 closed to promote visitor safety during current wildfire activities. During preserve area closures, all recreational use, including hiking, hunting, and camping will be prohibited in the designated area. The following closures will remain in effect: · From Nobles Grade Trail east to Addition Lands Trail, ADD 17 due to fire activity The following areas are now open: · Monument Trail Bypass and Monument Trail from Monroe North junction to Concho Billie Trail · Burns Lake Road, Burns Lake Day Use Area, and Burns Lake Trail North from Windmill Tram to Concho Billie Trail, Burns Lake South from campground to Windmill Tram · Lands to the north of US 41 from Burns Lake Campground to Monument Lake Campground · Lands east of the Turner River Road, south of Concho Billie Trail, and west of...

Cowbell Fire Update 04/30/2017 (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

Sunday, April 30, 2017 8:30 a.m. This will be the final update for the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires unless significant change occurs. Cowbell Fire Stats: The Cowbell Fire is currently 21,840 acres and 75 percent contained, with 160 personnel assigned. The Mile Marker 87 fire, with 11 personnel assigned, is 80 percent contained at 516 acres. Current Situation: Paul Varnedoe’s Type-3 Titanium Team continues to manage the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires, with no significant change to either of the fires in the past several days. On Cowbell, crews continue to monitor and patrol the northern, eastern, and southern perimeters, which have shown little to no activity despite high winds and low relative humidity. Firefighters are working small pockets of heat on the western portion of the fire, and have used a helicopter with strategic bucket drops to aid in mopping up these areas. Mile Marker 87 has a few isolated areas of heat far within the fire perimeter that pose little threat...

Cowbell Fire Update 04/28/2017 (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

Friday, April 28, 2017 8:30 a.m. Cowbell Fire Stats: The Cowbell Fire is currently 21,840 acres and 75 percent contained, with 156 personnel assigned. The Mile Marker 87 fire, with 24 personnel assigned, is 80 percent contained at 516 acres. Current Situation: Mike Wilkins’ Type-1 Southern Area Blue Team has transitioned with Paul Varnedoe’s Type-3 Titanium Team as of Thursday, August 27. This transition has resulted in a reduction in firefighter personnel on the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 Fires, and is making many resources available for reassignment to other fires. No significant changes have occurred on the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 Fires in the past several days. Crews continue to monitor and patrol all perimeter lines on the northern, eastern and southern perimeters of the Cowbell Fire while working to secure the Kissimmee Billy Strand along the western portion of the fire. A few isolated pockets of heat were discovered yesterday on both fires, and crews utilized a...

Cowbell Fire Update 04/26/2017 (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:30 a.m. Cowbell Fire Stats: The Cowbell Fire is currently 21,840 acres and 75 percent contained, with 248 personnel assigned. The Mile Marker 87 fire, with 37 personnel assigned, is 80 percent contained at 516 acres. Current Situation: At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27th, the Type 1 Incident Management Blue Team will transfer command of the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires to a Type 3 Incident Management Team. This transfer will include a number of firefighting resources returning to their home units resulting in a reduction in the total number of personnel assigned to the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires. Although fire activity for the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires has decreased, hotter and drier weather over the next few days means the fire season is still alive and well on the Big Cypress National Preserve and Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. In order to remain response ready, fire resources will continue to be assigned to Big Cypress and...

Cowbell Fire Update 04/25/2017 (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

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 assigned, is 80 percent contained at 516 acres. Current Situation: On Wednesday, April 26th, the Type 1 Incident Management Blue Team plans to transition to a smaller organization due to the reduced fire activity of the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires. Firefighting resources on both fires will continue to improve containment lines, mop up hotspots and patrol and monitor the fires’ perimeter. Smoke will continue to be visible from the fires’ interior as both fires continue to smolder with logs, stumpholes and snags burning. The fire will continue to consume unburned fuel within the containment lines, as the fuels dry out with the warmer temperatures and lack of rain expected through the rest of the week. While the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 fires are not expected to increase in size,...

Cowbell Fire Morning Update 04/24/2017 (Cowbell Fire Wildfire)

Monday, April 24, 2017 8:30 a.m. Cowbell Fire Stats: The Cowbell Fire is currently 21,742 acres and 75 percent contained, with 244 personnel assigned. Equipment resources include six helicopters, four engines and three handcrews. Current fire situation: The Type 1 Incident Management Blue Team continues to manage the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 Fires on Sunday, April 23rd. The Mile Marker 87 fire, with 34 personnel assigned, is 80 percent contained at 516 acres. Firefighting resources on both fires improved containment lines, mopped up hotspots and patrolled and monitored the fire’s perimeter. While precipitation over the past two days has limited the fire’s spread, both fires will continue to smolder until drought conditions are alleviated. To date, there have been no reportable injuries for incident responders on either fire.Planned action: On both the Cowbell and Mile Marker 87 Fires, firefighters will continue to mop up hot spots and patrol the fire lines. Efforts to secure...