Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Parliament Fire in Cypress Preserve (FL) update

March 23rd, 8 AM. According to an update from the Big Cypress NPS posted on their Facebook page about 11 PM on March 22nd (embedded below), The Parliament Fire has burned 15,389 acres and is at 20 percent containment.

March 22nd, 8:30 PM. Thanks to my good friend from Florida who tipped me off that the Parliament Fire saw a significant increase in acreage burned today. Specifically, the Parliament fire has burned 11,009 acres and is at 15 percent containment. Reports that this fire was a prescribed fire that broke containment seem to be false (see Facebook Post from the Big Cypress NPS embedded below. The cause is under investigation. Aviation resources are being used to support the wildland firefighters on the ground.

A 61 mile section of the Tamiami Trail (US 41) was closed today from Everglades City to Miami at the request of officials in charge of fighting the wildfire.

For more information on the Parliament Fire see:

Miami Herald, March 22nd
News29 report, update March 22nd with video
Bill Gabbert from Wildfire Today, March 22nd

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