Louisiana Wildfires Update: Rising Danger, Active Crews, and Weather Concerns

By Evelina Rivers
Published September 29, 2023

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Tiger Island, Hwy 113, Lions Camp Road, and Elizabeth Fire Updates in Louisiana From September 28

In light of growing threats, fire crews are diligently patrolling containment lines and addressing potential hazards within affected areas of wildfires in Louisiana. Logging salvage operations are progressing alongside ongoing firefighting efforts, while crews are investigating and addressing heat signatures within a 10-mile drainage.

With a focus on minimizing damage to containment lines, active monitoring and patrolling of the fire area continue. However, the weather forecast predicts elevated to critical fire weather conditions in the coming days, which necessitates increased vigilance and strategic firefighting efforts.

Current Acreage Affected, Change, Percentage Contained, and Personnel Assigned to Wildfires in Louisiana

  • Tiger Island Fire: 31,290 acres, no change | 84% contained| 204 personnel assigned
  • Hwy. 113 Fire: 7,124 acres, no change | 95% contained | 36 personnel assigned
  • Lions Camp Road Fire: 785 acres, no change | 95% contained | 1 person assigned.
  • Elizabeth Fire: 940 acres, no change | 100% contained | 19 personnel assigned

Fire Danger Again on the Rise in Louisiana

The fire danger is increasing as hot and dry conditions return, posing a growing threat to the affected areas. In order to mitigate this threat, fire prevention efforts are being stepped up, with increased patrols taking place.

Firefighters and crews are actively patrolling containment lines and mopping up any remaining threats.

Monitoring and patrolling the fire area are ongoing tasks, with the aim of minimizing damage to containment lines and preventing any potential flare-ups. The increased patrols and proactive measures are crucial in preventing the escalation of the fire danger and ensuring the safety of the affected areas.

Crews Battling the Blaze

With unwavering determination, dedicated crews are tirelessly battling the blaze, working around the clock to bring the fire under control and protect affected communities.

Equipment such as Type 6 engines, dozers, and water tenders are being utilized to support their efforts. Aerial resources, including helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, are also available to assist in the firefighting operations.

Weather Woes and Fire Concerns

Amidst the rising danger and active firefighting efforts, weather conditions pose significant concerns for ongoing fire suppression and containment.

The elevated to critical fire weather expected later in the week and into the weekend, combined with low humidities and hot temperatures, create a perfect recipe for rapid drying of fuels. This drying pattern, coupled with the lack of precipitation chances predicted well into next week, brings about an alarming increase in fire behavior.

Grass and litter within the fire footprint are expected to dry under these warming and drying conditions, leading to reburn and increased heat and smoke production in drainages. The potential for flare-ups in unburned drainages and the visibility of smoke from smoldering heavy fuels further compound the worries surrounding the weather’s impact on ongoing fire activities.