Rain Cools Fires at Louisiana Refuge
Lots of rain doused two wildfires burning on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Louisiana over the weekend of March 14-15, helping firefighters put out both blazes. Firefighters used engines and a helicopter.
Both fires started early in the month on private land next to the refuge. The 2300-acre Targa Fire burned an area widely scattered with waste left by recent hurricanes -- such as fuel tanks, tractor trailer trucks, and 55-gallon drums -- then burned across the refuge. The 1500-acre Cameron Meadow Fire stopped at the refuge boundary.
Forecasters predict a return to hot and dry weather within a few days. Lingering drought is keeping fire potential high and refuge firefighters vigilant.
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