Creole marsh fires contained after two days; causes believed to have been found

Published: Aug. 21, 2023 at 1:37 PM CDT
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CREOLE, La. (KPLC) - After two days of fighting them, the marsh fires near Trosclair Road are currently contained, Cameron authorities said.

The Cameron Fire Department responded to two separate fires on Trosclair Road over the weekend. One to the south and one to the north.

“It’s so dry out there, we’ve seen just minor little embers touch and ignite a whole section back into flames again,” Cameron Fire Chief Tim Dupont said.

Dupont tells 7NEWS the southern fire has been extinguished and though the one to the north is contained, crews were still fighting it today.

“Apparently a four-wheeler muffler ignited the grass therefore causing a fire on the south side which burnt probably 15-hundred to two thousand acres,” Dupont said. “Then on the north side apparently what had happened is somebody passing through had a cigarette which ignited another fire causing a whole other issue we had to deal with.”

Much of the area burned looks chared and now the ground is covered in ashes and the smoke still blowing in the wind.

“It’s been a mixed blessing of the winds. Most of the time it was favorable, but every now and then it will turn in the wrong direction and just leaves us fighting an extremely dangerous situation,” Dupont said.

With current weather conditions, fighting fires like this has crews working overtime.

“They have been working around the clock since Saturday morning non-stop throughout the night without sleep,” Dupont said. “They have done a heck of a job keeping the community safe.”

Dupont urges everyone to use extreme caution as the drought continues.

“We’d rather be home with our families, so you know, before you light anything be aware that you are putting other people’s property and lives at risk,” Dupont said.

Investigators are still hoping to determine the exact cause of those fires. So far no one has been cited for violating the burn ban.

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