Refuge Uses Burnout to Control Fire
Firefighters at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana safely burned 4,000 acres around two wildfires started in late July by lightning to protect adjacent oil and gas facilities. A burnout operation cleared grassy fuels from the perimeter of the burn area and away from the facilities owned by Hilcorp Energy Company. Eliminating the fuels ahead of the wildfire by burning them, reduces the opportunity for the flames to burn facilities or move onto private land. The fires combined with the burnout operation burned a total of 9,619 acres and created an impressive smoke column.
Refuge firefighters partnered with local Volunteer Fire Departments from Hackberry and Carlyss as well as company officials from Hilcorp Energy Company and Malangro Exploration to ensure quick fire containment. The fires, which burned in remote areas of the 124,511 refuge, were both declared officially out on August 3.
Refuge and Forest Service firefighters partner to monitor burnout operations around petroleum installations at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. (USFWS)
Burnout smoke safely dissipates away from road and local workers during a burnout operation on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana (USFWS).
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