Hot spots rekindled in marsh fire; National Guard to respond
POSTED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:27pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 16, 2011 - 1:37pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — Despite the torrential rains dumped on New Orleans by Tropical Storm Lee and helicopter water drops, hot spots rekindled Friday, Sept 16 in a marsh fire in New Orleans East.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu called on the National Guard to combat the fire after three small hot spots were discovered in a reconnaissance flight Thursday afternoon.
Landrieu said the Louisiana National Guard is expected to dispatch a UH-60 helicopter with a 500-gallon Bambi bucket to fight the hot spots, with more helicopters on standby if needed.
"We are continuing to closely monitor this fire through aerial reconnaissance. When the NOFD identified the same three hot spots, we immediately took action,” said Landrieu.
The air quality in New Orleans is deemed “good” by the Department of Environmental Quality, but the department will continue to monitor the air quality if it should change, Landrieu said.
The marsh fire began when a bolt of lightning struck it on Aug. 24, according to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry and New Orleans Fire Department investigators.
The fire has been contained because the 1,552-acre area is surrounded by water on all four sides. Its seclusion also causes a problem for New Orleans firefighters, since it’s inaccessible to them.
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