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Firefighters making progress battling Cowbell fire

Posted at 7:44 AM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 12:36:10-04

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Firefighters are making progress containing a massive wildfire burning in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The last update indicated the fire has burned 19,297 acres and it is 52% contained.

283 personnel are assigned to the fire, and equipment resources include seven helicopters, two single engine air tankers and 24 engines. 

Monday, crews will continue to protect private property and mop up hot spots. Helicopters will drop water strategically to slow the growth of the fire.

The fire has been burning for a little over two weeks. It is located just north of Alligator Alley east of Naples.

The following closures remain in place in Big Cypress National Preserve:

  • Pink Jeep, Bear Island and Gator Head Campgrounds
  • The road leading into the Sanctuary, except to residents
  • All trails between State Road 29, L-28 Canal and north of I-75, including that section of the Florida Trail
  • All public lands west of the L-28 Canal, north of Alligator Alley and east of State Road 29