Big Cypress preserve burns to nearly 600 acres

Posted at 5:33 PM, Apr 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-09 17:16:14-04

UPDATE -- A fire burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve has now grown to 596 acres.

At this time, the fire, known as the Cowbell Fire is now 13 percent contained.

Portions of the preserve, including Monument Lake and Burns Lake Campgrounds and some trails remain closed due to the Parliament Fire. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the Cowbell Fire.


A fire burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve has grown to 400 acres, Sunday.

This is just 2 miles north of Alligator Alley.

Park officials say the fire was discovered on Thursday and has grown in size since. The blaze, known as the Cowbell Fire, is one of the many fires burning in Collier County that crews are trying to contain.

Other Big Cypress fires include; the Tru 4 fire located south of I-75 burning at 5 acres and is 50 percent contained. The Parliament Fire is 95 percent contained and the Hotline Fire is 90 percent contained.

Current winds are moving smoke away from I-75 but no impacts to the interstate is expected, the National Park Service said.