‘Cowbell fire’ 75 percent contained


IMMOKALEE, Fla. The Big Cypress National Preserve brush fire, also known as the Cowbell fire, charred an estimated 21,840 acres and is 75 percent contained, the National Park Service said.

Crews continue to battle another brush fire near mile marker 87. The blaze scorched 516 acres and is 80 percent contained, officials said.

The following closures remain in place:
  • Pink Jeep, Bear Island and Gator Head campgrounds
  • The road leading into the Sanctuary with the exception of residents
  • All trails between State Road 29, L-28 Canal and north of Interstate 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

No injuries have been reported since the blaze began burning March 30.


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