Woods fire continues to burn near Houston River Road

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Published: Aug. 27, 2023 at 1:59 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2023 at 10:00 PM CDT
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WESTLAKE, La. (KPLC) - A woods fire is burning near Houston River Road on La. 379 west of Independence Road.

The Westlake Fire Department is on the scene along with assistance from the Carlyss, Houston River, Lake Charles, and Ward Six fire departments.

Westlake Fire Chief Johnathan Duff said the fire near Sasol Chemical is extinguished, but a portion jumped J. Clophus Road and entered a heavily wooded area.

Duff said no homes or structures are in danger and crews will be working overnight to extinguish the flames.

20 firefighters are on the scene with a dozen fire trucks and two private bulldozers, Duff said.

Westlake fire, August 27, 2023

Sasol released the following statement on the wildfire:

Sasol activated its emergency response procedures in response to a wildfire on the west side of the company’s Lake Charles Chemical Complex (LCCC). Our Emergency Response Team, along with the Westlake Fire Department, are working to contain the fire. At this time, no injuries have been reported and there is no impact to our LCCC operations. We ask that the community pay close attention to any advisories or information provided by local officials in regard to this situation.

The Westlake Fire Department is asking for donations of water, Gatorade and snacks to be dropped off at the department located at 2401 Guillory St.